What is kxetray.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 kxetray.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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Kxetray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with kxetray
Kxetray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as belongs to software Kingsoft Internet Security by Kingsoft (

Description: Kxetray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Kxetray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,607,328 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,633,224 bytes and 4 more variants. 
Kxetray.exe is a Verisign signed file. The kxetray.exe file is digitally signed. The kxetray.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process has no file description. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Kxetray.exe is able to connect to the Internet, monitor applications, manipulate other programs and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 occur, you can do the following:

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If kxetray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 877,976 bytes. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The kxetray.exe file is digitally signed. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The kxetray.exe file is not a Windows system file. Kxetray.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as kxetray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the kxetray.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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Best practices for resolving kxetray issues

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