What is gbtray.exe?

The genuine gbtray.exe file is a software component of Iobit Advanced System Care by Iobit.
Gbtray.exe is a executable file that keeps the Game Booster process active in the system tray. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Game Booster speeds up the performance of the system by minimizing background processes and maximizing resources needed for running games. It reduces any interruptions by only keeping the game window open on the desktop. Game Booster can also defragment the system and install driver updates. It features the ability to synchronize saved games and game settings to an online cloud and can record in-game screenshots and videos. IObit was founded in 2004. The company develops security software that features an anti-virus program and various system utilities. Its products are available in over 40 different languages.

GBTray stands for Game Booster Tray Application

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 gbtray.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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Gbtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with gbtray
Gbtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Game Booster or Game Box or GoBack Tray Icon belongs to software Game Booster (version 3) or GoBack Deluxe Edition by IObit ( or IObit Information Technology or Roxio (

Description: Gbtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Gbtray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 609,624 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 73,288 bytes and 9 more variants. 
Gbtray.exe is not a Windows core file. The gbtray.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The gbtray.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program is not visible. Gbtray.exe is able to monitor applications, connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with gbtray.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Game Booster 3 or Game Booster), visit the website or update the program.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as gbtray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the gbtray.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 Norton GoBack software - check it is in Norton program directory
  Stephen   (further information)
I am having a problem using my GoBack software
  William Dycus, Sr.  
It could be the Game Booster program.
This is Part of GameBooster a Program that helps speed up Games by shutting down not needed Processes
  Zman   (further information)
This is used to keep GameBooster running
Game Booster, part of IObit Advanced System Care
  Bill LaChenal   (further information)
found this running but i dont have any of those programms installed
part of game booster, running while it's opened in tasks
It's Game Booster on my system
Game Booster program

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of gbtray.exe: based on 11 votes with 10 user comments. 5 users think gbtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving gbtray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with gbtray. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the gbtray.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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