What is GhostTray.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 GhostTray.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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GhostTray.exe file information

The process known as Tray Application belongs to software Norton Ghost by Symantec (

Description: GhostTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The GhostTray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,537,640 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 1,537,696 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The GhostTray.exe file is not a Windows system file. The GhostTray.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. GhostTray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Norton Ghost.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GhostTray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GhostTray.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 Ghost version 9
  Stephen   (further information)
is used in both norton systemworks and norton Ghost
  Dan E  
Part of Norton Ghost 9.0, Might be name of previous versions (2003 had tray icon as well)
  Keith Bachman  
Hervorragendes, leicht - verständliches Back Up Programm um Dateien oder ganze Partitionen der Festplatte 1:1 kopieren
Doesn't seem to work after uninstalling Ghost 9.0 then installing Ghost 10.0, but is a nice feature - keeps you up to date on current Norton Ghost activity (when it works)
  Brian K  
Part of Norton Ghost. Icon is usefull when Ghost is been configured on a schedule basis.
  Bert   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of GhostTray.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 7 users think GhostTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks GhostTray.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving GhostTray issues

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