What is AnyDVDtray.exe?

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 AnyDVDtray.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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AnyDVDtray.exe file information

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

The process known as AnyDVD Application belongs to software AnyDVD by SlySoft ( or RedFox.

Description: AnyDVDtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AnyDVDtray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,272,808 bytes (4% of all occurrences), 5,242,488 bytes and 38 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). AnyDVDtray.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with AnyDVDtray.exe, you may also uninstall the software AnyDVD or iTunes using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program) or search the support area on the Slysoft website.

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

tray icon and process for anydvd
AnyDVD ist ein Treiber, der im Hintergrund automatisch und unbemerkt eingelegte DVD-Filme entschlüsselt. Für das Betriebssystem und alle Programme scheint diese DVD niemals einen Kopierschutz oder Regionalcode-Beschränkungen gehabt zu haben. Mit Hilfe von AnyDVD sind somit auch DVD-Kopierprogramme wie CloneDVD, Pinnacle InstantCopy, Intervideo DVDCopy u.a. in der Lage, kopiergeschützte DVD-Filme verarbeiten zu können.
  ELF - 21   (further information)
waits for a disk to be inserted in drive and then eliminates all copy protection from movie (DVD)
  Dave   (further information)
No problem to date

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Summary: Average user rating of AnyDVDtray.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think AnyDVDtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving AnyDVDtray issues

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