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Malwarebytes acquires Junkware Removal Tool, to integrate it within Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes acquires Junkware Removal Tool, to integrate it within Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

by AshwinJune 23, 2015

Malwarebytes, the makers of the popular anti-malware and anti-exploit software tools, has announced that it has acquired Junkware Removal Tool.


Marcin Kleczynski, the CEO and founder of Malwarebytes announced the news at their official forums.

Junkware Removal Tool. is a popular security program which detects and removes a variety of dangerous apps, commonly known as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

PUPs that Junkware Removal Tool is capable of removing adware, spyware and toolbars.

Why are PUPs dangerous?

The biggest problem with PUPs, as they are disguised like genuine apps, or are embedded within good apps, and are installed silently during the set-up process of the genuine app.

Sometimes malwares are not triggered immediately. They are often designed to run secretly, to avoid being detected by the user. On rare occasions, it may be difficult to  track where a PUP came from, if the user has installed multiple software over a time period.

We recently reported how Ask Toolbar is being flagged as malware, by Microsoft. This is a classic example of a PUP.

Another problem is that, not all security programs detect all infections, let alone remove them. So, a malware could well go undetected under these circumstances. These reasons are why it is always advisable to use a good Malware or Spyware removal software, in addition to a reputed Antivirus software.

Malwarebytes will integrate Junkware Removal Tool into its app:

The good news is, the developer and the owner of Junkware Removal Tool, Filipos Mouliatis, will now be a part of Malwarebytes Labs, and his security program will still be available for users who wish to use it. Notably, it is a portable tool, hence users can run it on their PC without installing it. It is a free app, and is a command line tool, i.e., it has no GUI.

Yet, is quite a popular tool, thanks to its superb detection and removal of malwares, and has been downloaded millions of times from Bleeping Computer and MajorGeeks.

Malwarebytes will be integrating Junkware Removal Tool into its primary app, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This will be done over the next few months.

This should greatly boost the detection and removal rates of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Junkware Removal Tool does have one disadvantage. It is aggressive, in that it does not allow the user to choose what to remove, and will delete any detected malicious items.

Malwarebytes has hinted that this could be worked upon. So it is possible that JRT embedded in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could employ a white-list feature, to prevent the removal of false positives.