What is Ymsgr_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 Ymsgr_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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Ymsgr_tray.exe file information

The process known as Yahoo! Messenger Tray or Yahoo! Messenger belongs to software Yahoo! Messenger or Yahoo!7 Messenger by Yahoo! ( or Yahoo Japan.

Description: Ymsgr_tray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Ymsgr_tray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 79,088 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 79,192 bytes and 8 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The Ymsgr_tray.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is digitally signed. The file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall Yahoo! Messenger or Yahoo!7 Messenger software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify Ymsgr_tray.exe related errors

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


User Comments

Yahoo Messenger in autorun mode
  wintermute   (further information)
ymsgr_tray.exe is the Yahoo Instant Messenger tray application. If you don't want Yahoo automatically starting on you when you connect to the internet end this process. Kill this from your system startup also if you don't want it to automatically connect.
  Craig Sweeney  
important file or no
There's always a problem when it's "in the house"
  Shannon Patterson  
why is "access denied" to me when I try to delete something from MY computer?
completly harmless
If you don't use Yahoo Messenger it's just a resource hog.
Your trying to delete it while it's active, you would have to end the process and then delete. recomend disabling it, not deleting.
yahoo messenger
Yahoo Mesenger Tray icon. Completely harmless, and doesn't eat many resources. Sometimes I don't even bother ending it.

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Summary: Average user rating of Ymsgr_tray.exe: based on 11 votes with 10 user comments. 8 users think Ymsgr_tray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users don't grade Ymsgr_tray.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Ymsgr_tray issues

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