What is VPTray.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 VPTray.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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VPTray.exe file information

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

The process known as Symantec AntiVirus or Norton AntiVirus or Symantec Client Security belongs to software Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Client Security or Norton AntiVirus Corporate or Symantec AntiVirus Client by Symantec ( or University of Toronto.

Description: VPTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The VPTray.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 125,168 bytes and 17 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows system file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. VPTray.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program has a visible window. VPTray.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to completely remove Symantec AntiVirus or Norton AntiVirus Corporate (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), use the software publisher’s support or look for a new, improved version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as VPTray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.anxi (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_VILSEL.OS (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the VPTray.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

Nortons AntiVirus Corporate
  Allan Gray  
It's the Norton Symantec Antivirus icon in your tray, you can stop it if you want
Antivirus for office uses
I'd say this is somthing to remove, spyware/malware does use this name
Symantec Antivirus file. It seems to be not dangerous.
  Alex Grawl  
NAVCorporate taskbar thingie.
It's only the icons on the bottom right corner for quick access. Even if its gone, Norton is still working.
Norton Antivirus Corporate
  Bernhard Kroll  
not at all dengerous
bogs down computer at startup
quick access to norton, stop it from starting up you don't need it, also doesnt reduce security of you do.
it isnt dangeriouse to turn it off but if you want to keep your computer safe from hackers and IE viruses i'd sujest you use AVG or somthing other than symantec:symantec has to much controll over windows....
VPTray.exe process uses 50% of one of my PCs' CPU together with ccApp.exe using the other 50%. The latter is usually also a Norton process, but the name is used for malware as well. So, that system is totally hung up. ccApp may cause VPTray to run amok, will try to find out.
Norton AntiVirus tray icon. Can be disabled, but you won't see Norton running if you do.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of VPTray.exe: based on 20 votes with 14 user comments. 14 users think VPTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade VPTray.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving VPTray issues

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