What is CamTray.exe?

The genuine CamTray.exe file is a software component of PC-CAM Center by Creative Technology.
Creative CamTray is a multi-functional centre providing solutions for a user's webcam. The application is capable of capturing photos and videos of everything viewed with a user's webcam. Creative Technology is a Singapore-based company whose main activities consist of the design, manufacture and distribution of digitised sound and video boards, computers and related multimedia, and personal digital entertainment products.

CamTray stands for Creative Web Camera Tray

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 CamTray.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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CamTray.exe file information

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

The process known as PC-CAM Center Launcher Application or Creative Camera Launcher Application belongs to software PC-CAM Center or Creative Cam Detector by Creative Technology (

Description: CamTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file CamTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 184,320 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 299,008 bytes, 245,760 bytes or 258,048 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). CamTray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CamTray.exe. Therefore, you should check the CamTray.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 CamTray issues

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