What is pctsTray.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 pctsTray.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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PctsTray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pctsTray
PctsTray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PC Tools Tray Application belongs to software Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Internet Security (version 2008) by PC Tools (

Description: PctsTray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PctsTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,103,240 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,107,848 bytes and 9 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. PctsTray.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. PctsTray.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to search for help on the company’s website, make sure that you have installed the latest version or uninstall Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Internet Security 2008 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

brak pliku rtl 100.bpl
  romuald Wolski  
It's a cpu hog!
  richard boettner  
the program can't start because rtl100.bpl is missing from my computer
If you have had "Spyware Doctor" installed and attempted to unistall it, you may need still need to remove the reference to it in the registry from HKeyCurrentUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Find the key that references "pctsTray.exe" and delete it (ONLY that line--no others). This will fix the problem. To get to the Registry Editor, hit the Windows key and "R" or Click "Start" then "Run" then type in "Regedit" (no quotes) and hit enter. Navigate to the key I specified.
  Brian Roberts  
This file is part of Spyware Doctor. PctsTray.exe is developed by PC Tools.

Summary: Average user rating of pctsTray.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks pctsTray.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pctsTray issues

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