What is CAVTray.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 CAVTray.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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CAVTray.exe file information

The process known as CA Antivirus System Tray Application belongs to software Computer Associates Antivirus by Computer Associates International (

Description: CAVTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file CAVTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 230,512 bytes. 
The CAVTray.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CAVTray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CAVTray.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 s a part of e trust antivirus
Installed with eTrust EZ Antivirus
Seems harmless, but keeps popping up autodown.exe, which asks for your credit card number.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CAVTray.exe: based on 8 votes with 3 user comments. 6 users think CAVTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving CAVTray issues

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