What is AVKTray.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 AVKTray.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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AVKTray.exe file information

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

The process known as G Data Security Software or AntiVirusKit Tray Application belongs to software G Data InternetSecurity (version 2014) or G DATA InternetSecurity by G DATA Software AG ( or G Data Software AG (

Description: AVKTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AVKTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 208,896 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 924,232 bytes and 21 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. AVKTray.exe is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. AVKTray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In case of problems with AVKTray.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > AntiVirenKit InternetSecurity or G DATA InternetSecurity).

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If AVKTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 208,896 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. AVKTray.exe is not a Windows system file.

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

AntiVirenKit anwendung, die im SystemTray den Status der Frewall/des Virenscanners anzeigt
  Oliver Sahr  
Gehört zu AVK Internet Security 2007 (GDATA)
  Ben Luk  

Summary: Average user rating of AVKTray.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks AVKTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving AVKTray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AVKTray. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 AVKTray.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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