What is ADSMTray.exe?

The genuine ADSMTray.exe file is a software component of ASUS Data Security Manager by ASUSTeK.
ADSMTray.exe is an executable file that belongs to ASUS Data Security Manager, a security program that encrypts and locks data with a layer of protection on Asus computers. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. ASUS Data Security Manager is a traditional data protection software that provides users of Asus computers with single password access to their data. The software features multifactor authentication technology which makes data available only to the intended user. The program also features automatic logouts, a backup and restore wizard, and a migration tool for moving data from one Asus system to another. Asus is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. Asus was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

ADSMTray stands for ASUS Data Security Manager System Tray Service

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 ADSMTray.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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ADSMTray.exe file information

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

The process known as ADSMTray belongs to software ASUS Data Security Manager or ADSMTray by ASUSTek Computer (

Description: ADSMTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ADSMTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 266,240 bytes (53% of all occurrences) or 272,952 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). ADSMTray.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to look for help on the website or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramASUS Data Security Manager.

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

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