What is systray.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 systray.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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Systray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with systray
Systray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SysTray MFC Application or Systray .exe stub or Intel® Platform Administration Technology Client

belongs to software Advanced Monitoring Agent or Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility or Microsoft Windows Operating System or Intel Platform Administration Technology or SysTray Application or Dell Mobile Broadband Card

by PC-Magic Software ( or Microsoft ( or Intel (

Description: Systray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The systray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 331,851 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 291,328 bytes, 292,352 bytes, 471,040 bytes or 2,326,000 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. There is no description of the program. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with systray.exe, you might want to search for help on the company's website or completely remove SysTray or Advanced Monitoring Agent (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name systray.exe, for example TROJ_BANKER.MYN (detected by TrendMicro), and Mal/Banspy-F (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the systray.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

Windows Power Management
part of the windows os
When it is running in the background it slows down the system response dramatically.
  Yahya Al Masri  
it's a virus, it crashes in XP, altered my XP visual styles and messes up and slowed the computer down.
  Jason Bowman  
Magic Folders - SysTray icon from -
After deleting the jobs the printer status icon is not updating the status automatically. We are not able to update the status programmatically. We couldn’t find any property that uniquely identifies the printer icon. Print icon is the part of desktop process “explorer.exe”. So we could not directly interact with this icon.
If the file is in "System32" it seems OK and essential. If it is in with temporary files (where virus' usually are) then it seems to be a fake that you can remove.
in in AppData\Local\Temp and in memory with a changing .exe name its systray.exe hub virus/keylogger. If you remove it will repoduce
My PC after start up always showing information lilke "Sistray.exe unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because SiSAp com.dll was not Found. Re-instaling the application may fix this
  Jyoti Prasad Basu  

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Summary: Average user rating of systray.exe: based on 12 votes with 9 user comments. 4 users think systray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think systray.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving systray issues

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