What is ASCTray.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 ASCTray.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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ASCTray.exe file information

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

The process known as Advanced SystemCare (version 8, 7, 5 Tray, 9, 4 Tray) or Advanced SystemCare Ultimate Tray or Advanced SystemCare Tray belongs to software Advanced SystemCare (version 5, 6, 4, 8 Beta, 7, 5 Tray) or Advanced SystemCare Ultimate (version 8, 7, 6) by IObit (

Description: ASCTray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ASCTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,429,728 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 2,428,704 bytes and 34 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. ASCTray.exe is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. There is no file information. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. ASCTray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with ASCTray.exe, you may also do the following:
  • search the support area on the Iobit website
  • update the program
  • uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAdvanced SystemCare 8 or Advanced SystemCare 9

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If ASCTray.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 67% dangerous. The file size is 2,429,728 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 2,010,912 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. ASCTray.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run). The ASCTray.exe file is not a Windows system file. ASCTray.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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

its a system utility
Program csere közben találtam rá általánosságok megjelölése mellett. Uninteligens és tolakodó.Igaz ingyenes,de lehet érte nagy árat fizetni
Qu'il peut geler l'ordinateur
It is from advanced system care, and is a great utility according to some. I personally dislike it
  Beats   (further information)
ASC tray scanner is free but not fixing the problems it "detects".Not happy at all.
Advanced Systemcare is a clean-up utility that has some good tools. I have used ASC for over 10 years and I will continue to use it
  Dan West  

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Summary: Average user rating of ASCTray.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think ASCTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ASCTray issues

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