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What’s TRACERT.EXE (TCP/IP Traceroute Command)? Is it safe or a virus?

TRACERT.EXE is a command-line tool in Microsoft Windows that allows users to trace the route that data takes from their computer to a specified destination on a network.

When a user runs the TRACERT command followed by a website address or IP address, the tool sends out a series of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request packets to the specified destination. It then displays the time it takes for each packet to reach each hop along the route, helping users identify and troubleshoot network connectivity issues such as slow connections, packet loss, or network congestion. This information can be valuable for network administrators and IT professionals in diagnosing and resolving network problems.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes TRACERT.EXE (TCP/IP Traceroute Command)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of TRACERT.EXE.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is TRACERT.EXE safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the TRACERT.EXE process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find TRACERT.EXE's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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