What is trcboot.exe?

The genuine trcboot.exe file is a software component of IBM Personal Communications by IBM.
The file is a packaged runtime PCOMMS (Personal Communications) agent that monitors and safeguards the mainframe servers that IBM staff (depending on business unit) can connect to. The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation with headquarters in New York. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware and software and provides infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

TrcBoot stands for IBM Trace Facility Boot

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 trcboot.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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Trcboot.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with trcboot
Trcboot.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process belongs to software IBM Personal Communications or Personal Communications by IBM (

Description: Trcboot.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Trcboot.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,160 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 28,672 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The trcboot.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no file description. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with trcboot.exe, you may also turn to the software developer, IBM, for advice, make sure that you have installed the latest version or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of IBM Personal Communications (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify trcboot.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as trcboot.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the trcboot.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is part of IBM Personnal Communications. The trcboot.exe process is an essential service for working with Personal Communications. Any machine that doesn't have the trcboot service running is not a supported environment.
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trcboot.exe is a process associated with IBM Personnal Communications. This is an essential process and should not be removed unless it is causing problems.
Required for Communication with IBM Mainframes
trcboot is a packaged runtime PCOMMS (Personal Communications) agent that monitors and safeguards the mainframe servers that IBM staff (depending on business unit) can connect to.
Required to run IBM Personal Comms, & start eg APPNAPI service.

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Summary: Average user rating of trcboot.exe: based on 9 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think trcboot.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving trcboot issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with trcboot. 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 trcboot.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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