What is TrayMenu.exe?

The genuine TrayMenu.exe file is a software component of VLC by VideoLAN.
VLC media player is an open-source and freeware media player. TrayMenu.exe runs the system tray process installed with the VLC codec pack. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. VLC (originally VideoLAN Client) was a project started in 1996 by students at the École Centrale Paris as a client-server system to stream videos from satellite dishes across a campus network. It was later taken under development by VideoLAN, a non-profit, and released under the GNU General Public License in 2001. VLC features a modular interface which makes it easy to add plugins for new file formats, codecs, interfaces, or streaming methods. Since VLC is a packet-based media player, it supports almost all video formats, including files that are damaged or incomplete. VideoLAN is a multinational project that develops playback software that supports video and other media formats across a LAN (local area network). The project started at the at the École Centrale Paris, France, and has grown to consist of a team with people of more than 20 nationalities. Jean-Baptiste Kempf is the current president of VideoLAN, a non-profit organization.

TrayMenu stands for VLC Tray Menu

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 TrayMenu.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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TrayMenu.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with TrayMenu
TrayMenu.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Tray Menu belongs to software unknown by Cole Williams or Cole Williams Software.

Description: TrayMenu.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file TrayMenu.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 208,415 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 704,008 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The software has no file description. TrayMenu.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. TrayMenu.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with TrayMenu.exe, you could also uninstall Tray Menu or Cole Williams Software Limited software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or visit the support page.

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If TrayMenu.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 208,415 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 699,392 bytes, 704,520 bytes, 704,008 bytes or 897,224 bytes. There is no file information. TrayMenu.exe is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The TrayMenu.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. TrayMenu.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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

This software is related with VLC codecs, is used to set detailed settings of the codecs.
  Nedbalek   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of TrayMenu.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving TrayMenu issues

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