What is PGPTray.exe?

The genuine PGPTray.exe file is a software component of PGP by PGP.
PGPTray.exe is the tray application that supports the PGP Desktop application. This process allows the user to encrypt, create, and manage security keys in Windows. The process is incorporated into Windows, and can be configured by accessing the tray menu. PGP was initially released in 1991 by Phil Zimmermann, and continues to be maintained today.

PGPTray stands for Pretty Good Privacy System Tray Application

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 PGPTray.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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PGPTray.exe file information

The process known as PGP System Tray Application or PGP Tray belongs to software PGP or PGPfreeware or PGP Desktop or Argus Digital Camera by PGP ( or Network Associates Technology (

Description: PGPTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PGPTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\pgp corporation\pgp for windows xp\ or C:\Program Files\Network Associates\PGPNT\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 331,776 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 57,344 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The PGPTray.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). PGPTray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with PGPTray.exe, you may also completely remove PGPfreeware or PGP Desktop (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

PGP encryption system tray program, needs access to file system and email to provide encryption services on same
  noone   (further information)
PGP encrypt/decrypt popup
  Chris Comley   (further information)
PGP System Tray - encrypt/decrypt Anwendung
PGP System Tray for encrypting/decrypting
PGP encryption system tray program - not for home users - unless you have encryption needs and an ass load of RAM / GHZ
Pretty Good Privacy tray utility. Control settings, etc.   (further information)
PGP Desktop
  Damien Jorgensen  
seeing it always wenn licenced PGP version is running

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PGPTray.exe: based on 14 votes with 8 user comments. 11 users think PGPTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving PGPTray issues

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