What is tptray.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 tptray.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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Tptray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tptray
Tptray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TPTray Application or TrustPort Tray belongs to software TouchPad On/Off Utility or Core Layer by COMPAL ELECTRONIC INC ( or TrustPort, a.s.

Description: Tptray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The tptray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchPad\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 49,152 bytes or 45,056 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Tptray.exe is not a Windows system file. Tptray.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with tptray.exe occur, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramTouchPad On/Off Utility.

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If tptray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 1,084,320 bytes. The program is not visible. Tptray.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The tptray.exe file is not a Windows core file. Tptray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tptray.exe. Therefore, you should check the tptray.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

Part of Toshiba power mgt
tptray.exe is Touchpad configuration tray icon for Toshiba laptops. It gives easy access to the configurations for the touchpad.
I had two instances showing in tskmgr one under user and one under system. I tried to end the user and it wouldn't stop, however when I ended the one under system it did. But the one under user won;t stop.
No sooner did I get the last message in and went back to tskmgr did I see the damn thing was back!

Summary: Average user rating of tptray.exe: based on 1 vote with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade tptray.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving tptray issues

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