What is ACTray.exe?

The genuine ACTray.exe file is a software component of Access Connections by Lenovo.
A background service, Access Connections Tray is the background program that allows you to interface your Access Connections settings. Access Connections is an application that allows you to organize and manage network location profiles for laptops and other portable computers. It works in conjunction with qconsvc.exe, which monitors the status of the wireless card and any available networks within range, and compares them to saved profiles. Each separate profile contains all of the necessary settings for an individual network, and can be altered or configured using the Profile Manager. Access Connections allows you to prioritize and automate how and when you connect using different network profiles. Lenovo acquired ThinkPad from IBM in 2005, and continues to support Access Connections through their website.

ACTray stands for Access Connections Tray

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 ACTray.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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ACTray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ACTray
ACTray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Access Connections Tray Application or ThinkVantage Access Connections AC Tray Module belongs to software Access Connections or ThinkVantage Access Connections by Lenovo (

Description: ACTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ACTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 425,984 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 413,696 bytes or 435,560 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The ACTray.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ACTray.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of ThinkVantage Access Connections (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify ACTray.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ACTray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ACTray.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

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actray.exe is part of ThinkVantage Access Connections from Lenovo. It is pre-installed on ThinkPad laptops and displays a tray icon to show the status of network connection on your computer.

Summary: Average user rating of ACTray.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks ACTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ACTray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ACTray. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ACTray.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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