What is sstray.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 sstray.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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Sstray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sstray
Sstray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NVIDIA nForce™ Taskbar Application belongs to software NVIDIA nForce by NVIDIA (

Description: Sstray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The sstray.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (65% of all occurrences), 77,824 bytes, 1,924,184 bytes or 923,496 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to completely remove StaffCop Agent (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or use the software publisher's support.

Recommended: Identify sstray.exe related errors

If sstray.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 964,456 bytes. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The sstray.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The application is a hidden stealth process. Sstray.exe is not a Windows core file. Sstray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to completely remove StaffCop Home Edition (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware disguises itself as sstray.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sstray.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

Soundkonfiguration bei manchen mbs. Völlig ungefährlich!
Soundkonfiguration bei manchen mbs. Völlig ungefährlich!
Absolut harmlos

Summary: Average user rating of sstray.exe: based on 7 votes with 3 user comments. 7 users think sstray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving sstray issues

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