English | Deutsch

Is WgaTray.exe safe?

WgaTray.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if WgaTray.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

WgaTray.exe file information

The process known as Windows Genuine Advantage Notification or Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications or Notificación del Programa de Ventajas de Windows Original belongs to software Windows Genuine Advantage or Microsoft Genuine Advantage or Windows Genuine Advantage Notification or Microsoft CoReXT or Programa de Ventajas de Windows Original by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: WgaTray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WgaTray.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 304,944 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 336,768 bytes and 30 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wgatray.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows core file. It is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You may also uninstall the software Windows Genuine Advantage Notification or OGA Notifier using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs), visit the www.microsoft.com support page or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

Recommended: Identify WgaTray.exe related errors

If WgaTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 132,608 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 285,488 bytes. It is not a Windows core file.

If WgaTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 253,744 bytes. The program has no visible window. WgaTray.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name WgaTray.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Bumat!rts (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_Gen.CX2567 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the WgaTray.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

Ok,it is a program for winXP for updating. If don`t you want that process open the task manager,right click it and end process. If reappears,do it again and again BUT never turn off the process tree!!!
should be in small letters (wgatray.exe) windows genuine advantage windows xp validation file
It will check for genuine windows software product ID
Ransomware - Disables updates until you pay Microsoft for a genuine license.
This application stands for Microsoft Windows Genuine Advatage Tool and checks to see if your Windows is GENUINE, i.e. a LEGAL version. Anyone else who disagrees is obviously thick or wishes to breach Microsofts rules and register an ILLEGAL copy of the Windows Operating System. This application is fully safe !
  JoLea   (further information)
part of a virus
it shuts down and locks your computer in about 30 days... but thats how i got a new computer!
We are entirely legit yet it stalls certain user logins
  Ric Curtis  
More comments can be found here:
    (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WgaTray.exe: based on 28 votes with 9 reviews.
10 users think WgaTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users think WgaTray.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade WgaTray.exe ("not sure about it").

Do you have additional information?
What do you know about WgaTray.exe: 
How do you rate it: 
Link for more info's: 
Your Name: 

WgaTray scanner

Security Task Manager shows all running Windows tasks including embedded hidden functions (e.g. keyboard or browser monitoring, autostart entry). A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware, keylogger or a Trojan.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, malware and tracking threats from your hard disk. Ideal supplement to Security Task Manager.

SpeedUpMyPC scans, cleans, repairs and optimizes your computer.

Other processes

WgaTray.exe [all]