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What is nvtray.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 nvtray.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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Nvtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with nvtray
Nvtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NVIDIA Settings or NVIDIA Tray Tools belongs to software NVIDIA Settings or NVIDIA Display Control Panel by NVIDIA (www.nvidia.com) or H4ck 3D.

Description: Nvtray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The nvtray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 2,450,208 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 2,448,704 bytes and 16 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/nvtray.exe.html 
The nvtray.exe file is not a Windows core file. Nvtray.exe is digitally signed. Nvtray.exe is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. Nvtray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If problems with nvtray.exe occur, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ NVIDIA Display Control Panel or NVIDIA Tray Tools.

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If nvtray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 369,664 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 373,864 bytes. Nvtray.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Nvtray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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

This file is related to the video card, obviously. Unknown if virus can hijack or exploit the process.
   
netstat -o 1 on boot reports many SYN_SENT, enen when automatic updating has been turned off
   
lt. SystemExplorer startet sie TCP/IP localhost2559 (127.0.0.1) PID=5380 im sekundentakt und schliesst sie gleich wieder !?
  Oliver Rolli , rollinet  

Summary: Average user rating of nvtray.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks nvtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving nvtray issues

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