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What is cstray.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 cstray.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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Cstray.exe file information

The process known as CS Tray Icon or CSTray Application belongs to software CompuServe or Clean Slate or CSTray Application by CompuServe Interactive Services (webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com/menu) or Fortres Grand (www.fortres.com).

Description: Cstray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Cstray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 32,840 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 702,976 bytes, 163,840 bytes or 287,552 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/cstray.exe.html 
Cstray.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). Cstray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.
You can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Clean Slate or Copernic Summarizer).

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

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