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 or NVIDIA nForce Taskbar Utility 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 8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (83% of all occurrences), 77,824 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 starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If sstray.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 12,013 bytes. The program has no visible window. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file. Sstray.exe is able to monitor applications.

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 program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The sstray.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The software is a hidden stealth process. It is not a Windows system file. Sstray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
It is possible to completely remove StaffCop Home Edition (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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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

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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 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 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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