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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 (www.intel.com) or TrueCrypt Foundation (www.truecrypt.org).

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 (45% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 91 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/igfxtray.exe.html 
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 TROJ_SPNR.15KK11 or TROJ_SPNR.06JT11 (detected by TrendMicro), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Carberp.C 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.

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User Comments

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
  bluewolph  
It's not dangerous but absolutely unnecessary. Shows a tray icon of your intel graphics driver.
  PAWEŁ  
.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'
  Gw  
just the controller, remove it if u disturbed
  nico  
IGFXTRAY.exe is VGA controller for Intel Graphic Acceleration Chip in your motherboard. It is a system file (Chipset Driver) or say, Intel Graphics Controller/ VGA monitoring program and is not a Virus (comes with motherboard CD or DVD). Some Other Viruses or programs can replace this file as a virus .However, the igfxpers.exe program by Intel (which executes the igfxtray.exe ) can detect the original igfxtray.exe file and notifies you on the desktop that the file has become corrupted.
  Dhananjay Baraik  
for WinXP SP3 x86, it will show in start-up menu if you install driver for VGA Intel G31/ G41 or above.
  akulah VIKYO, VIKYLOVEVINA  
There is a windows driver update to stop the pop up window appearing at boot up. Hope this helps
  Eddie  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of igfxtray.exe: based on 98 votes with 9 reviews. 64 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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