How to remove the Mstray virus

Most antivirus programs identify Mstray.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Email-Worm.Win32.Rays.c, and Microsoft identifies it as Worm:Win32/Wukill.F@mm.

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Mstray.exe file information

The process belongs to software Xgtray by gy.

Description: Mstray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Mstray.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 53,765 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Mstray.exe is not a Windows system file. Mstray.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Mstray.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the Mstray.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

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Summary: Average user rating of Mstray.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving Mstray issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Mstray process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Mstray.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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