What is boinctray.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 boinctray.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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Boinctray.exe file information

The process known as BOINC System Tray for Windows or Charity Engine System Tray for Windows belongs to software BOINC client by Space Sciences Laboratory ( or Charity Engine.

Description: Boinctray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file boinctray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 58,112 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 59,648 bytes, 70,832 bytes or 71,312 bytes. 
The boinctray.exe file is digitally signed. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. Boinctray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Berkeley provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ BOINC or Charity Engine).

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


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Best practices for resolving boinctray issues

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