What is nTrayFw.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 nTrayFw.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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NTrayFw.exe file information

The process known as Firewall Tray Application belongs to software NVIDIA ForceWare Network or NVIDIA Firewall by NVIDIA (

Description: NTrayFw.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The nTrayFw.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 270,336 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 266,240 bytes. 
NTrayFw.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with nTrayFw.exe, you might want to uninstall the software NVIDIA ForceWare Network or NVIDIA nTune using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify nTrayFw.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as nTrayFw.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the nTrayFw.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

Not a problem at all, but if you have another network firewall it can be a pain in the arse.
nVidia firewall utility, do not remove if you use ForceWare w/nVidia FW
  Ernie Beaudin  
Responsible for huge memory leaks in some computers if not many
  Ant Karaduman  
from nVidia
ist von der Hardware Firewall in Nforce Chipsatz
  Mustermann   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of nTrayFw.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think nTrayFw.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving nTrayFw issues

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

To help you analyze the nTrayFw.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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