What is VMwareTray.exe?

The genuine VMwareTray.exe file is a software component of VMware Tools by VMware.
VMwareTray.exe is the executable file for the Vmware Workstation that runs within the Windows notification area. It allows users to create and run several virtual machines on one system at the same time with the existing operating system. Each virtual machine can operate under any operating system alongside Windows. VMware is a leader in virtual software, building applications that allow virtualization on any system to create compatibility for just about any device.

VMwaretray stands for VMware Tools tray application

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 VMwareTray.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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VMwareTray.exe file information

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

The process known as VMware Tools tray application or VMwareTray belongs to software VMware Tools or VMware Tools Tray by VMware (

Description: VMwareTray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. VMwareTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 141,872 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 416,304 bytes and 4 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). VMwareTray.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program VMware Tools, or ask the software vendor for support. Click on VMware Tools in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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

Verantwortlich für die VM-Ware Workstation ausprbierzeit. Kann man Bettrost killen.

Summary: Average user rating of VMwareTray.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 VMwareTray issues

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