What is vmware-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 vmware-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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Vmware-tray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vmware-tray
Vmware-tray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VMware Tray Process belongs to software VMware Workstation by VMware (

Description: Vmware-tray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file vmware-tray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 129,584 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 68,400 bytes and 8 more variants. 
Vmware-tray.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with vmware-tray.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of VMware Workstation (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask the developer,, for support.

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If vmware-tray.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 104,528 bytes. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. Vmware-tray.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file.

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


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Best practices for resolving vmware-tray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vmware-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 vmware-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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