What is tracert.exe?

The genuine tracert.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
A network command line tool, tracert.exe allows the user to trace the TCP/IP steps from source to destination. It accomplishes this by sending an ICMP Echo Request along each individual hop. This process is instrumental when troubleshooting network connectivity issues, but must be executed in the command line. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

Tracert stands for Traceroute Command

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the tracert.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Tracert.exe file information

The process known as TCP/IP Traceroute Command belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original tracert.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The tracert.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 12,288 bytes. 
Tracert.exe is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. Tracert.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is tracert.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true tracert.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "TCP/IP Traceroute Command". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example (detected by Kaspersky), and Adware:Win32/Clickspring.B (detected by Microsoft).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If tracert.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 70,656 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. Tracert.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Tracert.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as tracert.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tracert.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If TCP/IP Traceroute Command has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

tracert.exe is belongs to a tool that maps the route a packet takes from the local machine to a remote destination and part of Windows.

Summary: Average user rating of tracert.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks tracert.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving tracert issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tracert. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the tracert.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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