What is igfxtray.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 igfxtray.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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Igfxtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with igfxtray
Igfxtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as igfxTray Module or 2f6aB53KyjHTL belongs to software Intel® Common User Interface or Intel® LDDM Ultra Mobile Media or Intel Poulsbo Drivers for Windows NT or goRL3 by Intel ( or Intel Corporation - pGFX or TrueCrypt Foundation (

Description: Igfxtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The igfxtray.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 155,648 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 98 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to uninstall Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator or C-Media USB Mass Storage Driver from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as igfxtray.exe, for example PE_SALITY.RL or TROJ_SPNR.0BK811 (detected by TrendMicro), and Virus:Win32/Sality.AT or Trojan:Win32/Meredrop (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the igfxtray.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

Intel Graphics tray icon. If you don't need it you can disable it without any problems.
not a dangerous file.. if you want to test it,start your computer in safe mode (warning not all computers can do this or do not do exactly what you want so pls dont try it , or if you realy will do this ...check this on the files in your explorer are the files of your computer whitout any other programs ...only windows files (no viruses).
It is not dangerous till it infected by Virus.
it is just an unnessesory file that adds the intel graphix icon on the bottom right tray .. but i wont bother to remove it as it takes just 3-4 mb of ur ram on startup !!
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
It's not dangerous but absolutely unnecessary. Shows a tray icon of your intel graphics driver.
.Intel graphics tray process.Completely safe. Nothing to worry about
If you don't like use msconfig to remove it from startup. How to: 1. Press WinKey* and R 2. Click on 'Boot' 3. Search for igfxtray.exe 4. Uncheck igfxtray.exe 5. Click 'OK'
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Summary: Average user rating of igfxtray.exe: based on 104 votes with 9 reviews. 70 users think igfxtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 16 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 10 users think igfxtray.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade igfxtray.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving igfxtray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with igfxtray. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 igfxtray.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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