What is avgtray.exe?

The genuine avgtray.exe file is a software component of AVG Internet Security by AVG Technologies.
The tray monitor for AVG Internet Security, this process starts with Windows and runs in the background. The primary function of AVG Internet Security is to keep your PC safe from viruses, spyware, and intrusions. Threats are dealt with immediately, although you can shoulder some of the burden by forcing quarantines instead of deleting viruses or malware on contact. The user interface can be accessed through the system tray, and an alert will pop up in case of any identified threat. Founded in 1991, AVG Technologies is based in the Netherlands and focuses primarily on security software.

AVGTray stands for AVG Tray Monitor

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 avgtray.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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Avgtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avgtray
Avgtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AVG Tray Monitor or AVG 2012 belongs to software AVG Internet Security or AVG Free by AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o ( or AVG Technologies (

Description: Avgtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The avgtray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,033,432 bytes (7% of all occurrences), 2,065,760 bytes and 45 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The avgtray.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using avgtray.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of AVG Free or AVG (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) visit the website.

Recommended: Identify avgtray.exe related errors

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

It creates Tray Icon for AVG Manager. Uses RAM. Disable it and manually open AVG Manager from start menu when you need it.
AVG products tray icon
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Das is eint Teil vom Virenscanner AVG Antivir.
  refresh   (further information)
avgtray.exe is part of AVG Tray Monitor - System Tray icon for the AVG AntiVirus program from version 8.x onward. You can right-click on the icon to display a menu or you can double-click on it to open the AVG Control Program (User Interface). The icon also gives the user a constant visual feedback on the current state of AVG (ie. antivirus definitions out of date, virus found, etc..).
Startup mechanic indentifies it as a worm/w32/rbot-za
Erschafft das AVG-Icon rechts unten im TrayMenü. Nicht gefährlich.
AVG AntiVirus program, but it is persistant. Will not allow uninstall

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avgtray.exe: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments. 6 users think avgtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks avgtray.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving avgtray issues

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