What is GDFirewallTray.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 GDFirewallTray.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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GDFirewallTray.exe file information

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

The process known as G DATA Personal Firewall belongs to software G Data InternetSecurity by G DATA Software AG (

Description: GDFirewallTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file GDFirewallTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,756,792 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 1,193,648 bytes and 18 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. GDFirewallTray.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Gdata provides a support site for assistance, and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ G DATA INTERNET SECURITY or G DATA InternetSecurity).

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

Gehört zu AVK Internet Security 2006 (GDATA)
Gehört zu GDATA Firewall
Gehört zur Gdata security Software und ist die Firewall
  cmike1   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of GDFirewallTray.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think GDFirewallTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving GDFirewallTray issues

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