What is hqtray.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 hqtray.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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Hqtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hqtray
Hqtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VMware Host Network Access Status Tray Application belongs to software VMware Workstation by VMware (

Description: Hqtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The hqtray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 55,856 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 64,048 bytes, 56,112 bytes or 64,112 bytes. 
Hqtray.exe is a Verisign signed file. Hqtray.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with hqtray.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall VMware Player or VMware Workstation from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) ask the software vendor,, for advice.

Recommended: Identify hqtray.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hqtray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_Generic.DIS (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the hqtray.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

hqtray.exe is part of VMWare Host Network Access Status Tray Application. Vmware "allows multiple virtual machines, with heterogeneous operating systems to run in isolation, side-by-side on the same physical machine"
безопасный файл,угрозу для компьютера не представляет
  Nik   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of hqtray.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks hqtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving hqtray issues

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