What is ClockTraySkins.exe?

The genuine ClockTraySkins.exe file is a software component of Atomic Alarm Clock by Drive Software Company.
ClockTraySkins.exe is an executable file that is part of Atomic Alarm Clock, an application designed to replace the standard Microsoft Windows clock. This file runs the Clock Tray Skins feature meant to change the appearance of the system tray clock. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Atomic Alarm Clock provides users with additional utilities not quite available in any versions of Microsoft Windows. The program features an alarm clock, customizable skins for the Windows clock, an atomic-time synchronizer that syncs the clock with global standard time, hourly chimes and more. Drive Software Company is a shareware software development company that designs and distributes utility software for the Windows platform. The company sells programs exclusively through the Internet. It was founded in 2002.

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 ClockTraySkins.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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ClockTraySkins.exe file information

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

The process known as Clock Tray Skins (version 4.3, 4.2) belongs to software Clock Tray Skins (version 4) or Clock Tray Skins Lite (version 2.1 (Free)) by Drive Software Company (

Description: ClockTraySkins.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ClockTraySkins.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,335,808 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 417,792 bytes and 9 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. ClockTraySkins.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using ClockTraySkins.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Clock Tray Skins or Clock Tray Skins 4 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify ClockTraySkins.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ClockTraySkins.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example New Win32.g2 or Artemis!111C2DF14864 (detected by McAfee), and Win32:Spyware-gen (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the ClockTraySkins.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

its ok just a clock skin file
new skin for tray clock
tray clock safe
no unusual activity .does not affect the system
  a s seneviratne  

Summary: Average user rating of ClockTraySkins.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think ClockTraySkins.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ClockTraySkins issues

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