What is GhostStartTrayApp.exe?

The genuine GhostStartTrayApp.exe file is a software component of Norton Ghost Start Tray Application Shortcut by Symantec.
GhostStartTrayApp.exe is a system tray shortcut to quickly start the Symantec Ghost application. Ghost is short for 'General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer. It is a disk cloning and backup tool conceived by Murray Hazard in 1995 for Binary Research, a New Zealand company. Symantec bought the technology for US$ 27.5 million in July 1998. Symantec is an American company that develops security, storage, backup and availability software and offers professional services to support its software. It was established in 1982 by Gary Hendrix in Sunnyvale, California and is currently a Fortune 500 company.

GhostStartTrayApp stands for Norton Ghost Start Tray Application Shortcut

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 GhostStartTrayApp.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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GhostStartTrayApp.exe file information

The process known as Norton Ghost Start belongs to software Norton Ghost Start or Norton Ghost or Norton SystemWorks (version 2004, 2006 Basic) by Symantec (

Description: GhostStartTrayApp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GhostStartTrayApp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Ghost\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 94,208 bytes (93% of all occurrences) or 106,496 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. GhostStartTrayApp.exe is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with GhostStartTrayApp.exe occur, you could uninstall Norton Ghost or Norton SystemWorks 2004 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

Norton Ghost System Tray Icon. Not needed. You can disable in Ghost Options, uncheck Show Norton Ghost tray icon on start up
  John Stokes  
Hace copias de seguridad de discos enteros.

Summary: Average user rating of GhostStartTrayApp.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think GhostStartTrayApp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving GhostStartTrayApp issues

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