What is apcsystray.exe?

The genuine apcsystray.exe file is a software component of APC PowerChute Personal Edition by APC.
Apcsystray.exe is an executable file that belongs to APC PowerChute Business Edition, a power management program designed to protect computer systems from power failures. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. PowerChute is an software application designed by APC (American Power Conversion) to manage the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices produced by the company. PowerChute features the ability to automatically shutdown computers, servers and workstations during an extended power outage. The software can also monitor and log the status of the UPS. APC, formerly known as the American Power Conversion Corporation, is an American company that develops solutions in uninterruptible power supply. It also produces solutions in data center, server, storage and software services. APC was founded in 1981 and originally was focused entirely on research into solar energy. The company was acquired by Schneider Electric SE, a multinational corporation based out of France that develops solutions in electricity distribution, automation management and designs and manufactures installation components for energy management. APC is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, United States.

APCsystray stands for APC PowerChute system tray power icon

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 apcsystray.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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Apcsystray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with apcsystray
Apcsystray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PowerChute system tray power icon or PowerChute System Tray Power Icon belongs to software APC PowerChute Personal Edition or PowerChute Personal Edition by American Power Conversion ( or Schneider Electric (

Description: Apcsystray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file apcsystray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 413,807 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 417,855 bytes or 673,144 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows system file. Apcsystray.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with apcsystray.exe, you can search for help on the company [1][2]’s website, update [1][2] to a possibly corrected version or uninstall the software APC PowerChute Personal Edition or PowerChute Personal Edition using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as apcsystray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the apcsystray.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 for APC battery backup monitoring
  Inge   (further information)
It is a part of the APC backup monitoring system. Performs realtime event notifications in the event of a power problem.
Part of APC hardware
APC PowerChute monitoring/control software and system tray icon for APC UPS units.
  Norbert   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of apcsystray.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think apcsystray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving apcsystray issues

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