What is TrayServer.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 TrayServer.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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TrayServer.exe file information

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

The process known as Trayserver or ObjectBar TrayServer belongs to software MAGIX Movie Edit Pro (version 15 Plus, 14 PLUS, 15, 12 demo) or Windows XP look and feel for by MAGIX AG ( or Stardock (

Description: TrayServer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The TrayServer.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (typically C:\Program Files\Common Files\Stardock\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 86,016 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The TrayServer.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to remove the entire program MAGIX Video deluxe 2008 PLUS or MAGIX Video deluxe 15 Plus using Windows Control Panel.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

TrayServer.exe is an ObjectBar utilty. The TrayServer monitors the system tray for changes to update ObjectBar effectively.
  Nick Burns   (further information)
The process ObjectBar TrayServer belongs to the software TrayServer by Stardock (

Summary: Average user rating of TrayServer.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think TrayServer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving TrayServer issues

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