What is tray.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 tray.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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Tray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tray
Tray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Tray MFC or TSS Instrument API Tray Utility or Garmin Express Tray or Vongo Tray Application or Tray MFC Application

belongs to software TSS Instrument API or Hotkey Utility or Winl or Garmin Express Tray or Vongo or Ideazon Reaper Edge or Rising PC Doctor

by Nokia ( or Starz ( or Beijing Rising Information Technology Co. ( or Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries or Tybee Software.

Description: Tray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 520,192 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 770,048 bytes and 10 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Tray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to remove the entire program Hotkey Utility or Garmin Express Tray using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify tray.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Win32.Agent2.kwe (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_AGENTT.DA or WORM_RBOT.DJP (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the tray.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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  matthias winke  
When the computer is turned on the CmTray.exc pops up.

Summary: Average user rating of tray.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks tray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving tray issues

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