What is FireTray.exe?

The genuine FireTray.exe file is a software component of Host Intrusion Prevention by McAfee.
The tray application for the McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention software, this application runs in the background and can be fully opened by clicking the McAfee icon in the system tray. It then displays the full user interface for your McAfee Firewall. Based in Santa Clara, California, McAfee was founded in 1987.

FireTray stands for Firewall 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 FireTray.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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FireTray.exe file information

The process known as McAfee HIP Tray Application or McAfee Desktop Firewall Tray Application belongs to software McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention or McAfee Desktop Firewall by McAfee ( or Networks Associates Technology (

Description: FireTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. FireTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 963,904 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 679,996 bytes or 655,420 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The FireTray.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with FireTray.exe, you can completely remove McAfee Host Intrusion or McAfee Desktop Firewall (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify FireTray.exe related errors

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

Part of older McAffee Firewall
Related to McAfee Desktop Firewall for Windows XP

Summary: Average user rating of FireTray.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think FireTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving FireTray issues

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