What is stray.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 stray.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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Stray.exe file information

The process known as SmartStamp belongs to software SmartStamp or STAMPIT Business by Royal Mail Group plc or Deutsche Post AG.

Description: Stray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Stray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 57,344 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is a file with no information about its developer. Stray.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall SmartStamp or STAMPIT Business, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on SmartStamp or STAMPIT Business in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify stray.exe related errors

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

Diese Datei gehört zur StampIT Software der Deutschen Post AG.
  Bernhard Schenk   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of stray.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks stray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving stray issues

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