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Key:

  • "Y" - Normally leave to run at start-up
  • "N" - Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary
  • "U" - User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary
  • "X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"
  • "?" - Unknown



Startup Name Process Name Details
UAAWTrayAAWTray.exe"System Tray access to Ad-aware from Lavasoft - popular spyware/adware removal tool"
UAccess ConnectionsACTray.exe"System Tray access to the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
UAcer ePower ManagementePowerTray.exe"Acer® PowerSmart Manager power management utility included on some models in the Aspire range of notebooks. Also appears as the Packard Bell PowerSave power management utility included on some of their notebook models - as Packard Bell is now owned by Acer"
UAcerNotebookManageralmxptray.exeSystem Tray access on some Acer Notebooks to give faster access to system settings
UAcrobat AssistantAcroTray.exe"Essential for creating PDF files with Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Distiller. For Win9x/Me systems you can run this file manually beforehand. For WinXP systems this file must run at startup. Hence the ""U"" recommendation"
UAcrobat Assistant 7.0Acrotray.exe"Essential for creating PDF files with Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Distiller. For Win9x/Me systems you can run this file manually beforehand. For WinXP systems this file must run at startup. Hence the ""U"" recommendation"
UAcrobat Assistant 8.0Acrotray.exe"Essential for creating PDF files with Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Distiller. For Win9x/Me systems you can run this file manually beforehand. For WinXP systems this file must run at startup. Hence the ""U"" recommendation"
UACTrayACTray.exe"System Tray access to the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
?ADMTray.exeadmtray.exe"Part of Acer Empowering Technology. What does it do and is it required?"
XAdobe Acrobat Distiller Applicationacrotray.exe"Added by the RANDEX.DFJ WORM!"
UAdobe Version Cue CS2VersionCueCS2Tray.exe"File manager that's part of Adobe Creative Suite 2 - ""find files fast
NAdobeVersionCueVersionCueTray.exe"""An exclusive feature of the Adobe® Creative Suite
XAdobe_Readeracrotray.exe"Added by the AGENT-LNS TROJAN! Note that the legitimate Adobe file (if installed) would normally be found in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe%\%ProgramName% (where %ProgramName% is Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat or Acrobat 7.0\Distillr for example) whereas this one is located in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe"
NADQuickAccessAdtray.exeAfter Dark for Windows. Screen saver creation program produced before screen savers became integrated into Win95
YADSMTrayADSMTray.exeASUS Data Security Manager provides password protected data encryption on ASUS notebooks
XAdwareKiller_traytray.exe"EAdwareKiller rogue spyware remover - not recommended
XAll Sea screen saverTaskTray.exe"Free screensaver
UAllToTrayALLTOTRAY.EXE"AlltoTray from DNTSoft - minimize any program to your System Tray"
NAmerica Onlineaoltray.exe"Adds the AOL icon in the System Tray (*.* denotes version if present) for versions of AOL up to and including 9.0. Start AOL via the desktop or quick launch shortcuts or via Start → All Programs"
NAmerica Online *.* Tray Iconaoltray.exe"Adds the AOL icon in the System Tray (*.* denotes version if present) for versions of AOL up to and including 9.0. Start AOL via the desktop or quick launch shortcuts or via Start → All Programs"
UAnyDVDAnyDVDtray.exe"System Tray access to AnyDVD from SlySoft - which descrambles DVD-Movies automatically in the background and the DVD appears unprotected and region code free. Also removes prohibited operations from the DVD such as skipping adverts"
NAO TrayAOTray.ExeSystem Tray application for AOpen soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NAOTrayAOTray.ExeSystem Tray application for AOpen soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
Yapc_trayapc_tray.exePart of the APC UPS software loaded with the BACK-UPS CS 350 unit. Required to monitor the APC unit in case of power failure
Nasp4trayasp4tray.exeSystem Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NasTrayAstray.exe"Voyetra Audio Station - part of Voyetra's Ultimate MP3 & CD Manager. MP3 and digital music jukebox/organizer"
UAsusTrayAsTray.exe"Part of the ACPI driver for the Asus Eee PC range. Watches the sensors of the motherboard such as power and temperature"
Uatitrayatitray.exeATI Tray Tools - allows quick access to ATI graphics card settings
UAtiTrayToolsatitray.exeATI Tray Tools - allows quick access to ATI graphics card settings
UAtrayAtray.exe"Active Tray is a utility which lets you configure the system tray. You can also create your own tray icons"
UAVG Internet Securityavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
UAVG8_TRAYavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 8.* series of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
UAVG9_TRAYavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the 9.* series of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
Uavgtrayavgtray.exe"System Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from AVG Technologies - including Internet Security
YAVKTrayAVKTray.exe"System Tray access to the antivirus part of G Data range of internet security products"
NAvtrayAvtray.exe"Command Antivirus tray icon"
XAVTrayAVTray.exe"Part of the WinAntiVirus Pro 2005 rogue security software when installed in Win98/Me - not recommended
NBacsTrayBacsTray.exeBroadcom Advanced Control Suite - for modems and set top boxes based upon Broadcom chipsets. Not required unless you have networking problems
NbascstrayBascsTray.exeBroadcom Advanced Control Suite - for modems and set top boxes based upon Broadcom chipsets. Not required unless you have networking problems
NbbSysTraybbSysTray.exe"Philips CD-RW related - ""the 'Blue Button' feature gives users the chance to receive convenient online support for their possible device problems or questions"""
Ubeidsystemtraybeidsystemtray.exe"Related to Belgium Identity Card card reader"
UBigPond ToolbarbpumTray.exe"Telstra BigPond Toolbar - ""Introducing the free and easy to use BigPond Toolbar that is designed to make your internet experience and managing your Telstra internet account a whole lot easier"""
UBQTray.exeBQTray.exe"System Tray access to BurnQuick CD burning software. Only required if you use the queueing facility
YBrindys BriTrayBRITRAY.EXE"Main process for the following applications: GEDEX
UBroadcom Wireless Manager UIbcmntray.exe"Related to Broadcom Network Adapters for additional configuration options for these devices. Should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems"
NBroadcom Wireless Manager UIwltray.exeSystem tray access to wireless LAN card configuration options
UBTTrayBTTray.exe"System tray icon which shows the status of a Bluetooth wireless module (either integrated or via an adapter). Most systems with such a module installed can enable/disable the module and the icon changes from blue/white to blue/red when the module is turned off. Also allows access to explore bluetooth places
NBurnQuick QueueBQTray.exe"System Tray access to BurnQuick CD burning software. Only required if you use the queueing facility
YCaAvTrayCAVTray.exe"eTrust™ EZ Antivirus system tray application from Computer Associates"
Ucctraycctray.exe"Part of CA Internet Security Suite"
NCDTrayCDTray.exe"On HP PCs
UCeEPOWERcepmtray.exe"Toshiba's Power Management Utility - allows the user to setup different profiles for both AC power and Battery Power on laptops. Contols CPU speed
YClamWinClamTray.exe"ClamWin antivirus"
UCloneCDCloneCDTray.exe"System tray for the now discontinued CloneCD. The only useful option is ""Hide CDR Media"" only available via this tray. Has additional unknown functions in later versions"
UCloneCDTrayCloneCDTray.exe"System tray for the now discontinued CloneCD. The only useful option is ""Hide CDR Media"" only available via this tray. Has additional unknown functions in later versions"
XColdlife -icmpSystray.exe"Added by the FLOOD.AV TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process"
UComodo Launch Pad TrayCLPTray.exe"System Tray access to LaunchPad as bundled with Comodo's freebie offerings such as Comodo Anti-Virus. Some allege that LaunchPad is impossible-to-uninstall adware
NCompaqPrinTrayprintray.exePuts printer icon in the System Tray. When this option is disabled you will no longer be able to access the Control Program or Printer Driver directly from your desktop
XComTry Web Searcherwstray.exeComtry MP3 Downloader related - spyware
NControlCentreTrayXWCTray.exe"System Tray access for the Xerox ControlCentre 2.0 software for their range of printers
NCoolwallpapercwm_tray.exe"Cool Wallpaper software allows you to manage high quality photos as desktop wallpaper and screen savers"
NCreative WebCam TrayCamtray.exeCreative WebCam tray control - can be started manually
NCTAVTrayCTAvTray.exeFor Creative Soundblaster Live! series soundcards. Plays the EAX animation on start-up and adds a System Tray icon for it. Available via AudioHQ
Ucwcptraycwcptray.exe"Related to ContentWatch Parental Control internet filter"
UCyberhawkCHTray.exe"Cyberhawk from Novatix. Protects against viruses
NCyphTrayCyphTray.exe"Cypherus - encryption software"
NDell Wireless Manager UIwltray.exeSystem tray access to wireless LAN card configuration options
UDeltaIITaskbarAppDeltaIITray.exe"System Tray access to the Delta Control Panel for the M-Audio Delta series of PCI audio cards"
NDeltTraydeltray.exe"System Tray access to the control panel for the M-Audio Delta 44 PCI Analog Recording Interface. Available via a desktop shortcut
NDesktop ArchitectDATRAY.EXE"Desktop theme manager available
UDesktop Maestro Vista TrayRMTray.exe"Part of Desktop Maestro from PC Tools - which ""combines the features of our award winning products
UDesktopMaestroRMTray.exe"Part of Desktop Maestro from PC Tools - which ""combines the features of our award winning products
NDlaTrayDlatray.exe"System Tray access to DLA - Drive letter access to HP's and Veritas' version of DirectCD. Does the same thing as DirectCD. From HP - ""This is a needed file as it controles the readability of the Combo drives. Without this file loading the end user will be able to burn CD's but wont be able to read them. The drive itself will be able to read store bought master Cd's without the file but not burnt ones"""
UDpUtilTEDTray.exe"Main executable for TOSHIBA DualPoint Utility Main Module. It is a system tray icon program that provides configuration options for dual pointing device"
Ndvd43DVD43_Tray.exe"DVD43 is ""a small tool that integrates into Windows and overrides CSS copy-protection found on DVD movies"""
NDVDTrayDVDTray.exeHP CD/DVD Tray icon installed with the DVD writer software. Periodically checks for new drive firmware
NDynDNS-Updater Traytoolddutray.exe"DynDNS updater tray icon - allows easy configuration of the Dynamic DNSSM service. Can be run manually"
UEasyTuneIVET4Tray.exeTuning (overclocking) utility for Gigabyte motherboards. Shortcut available
UeFax 4.1J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 4.1 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
UeFax 4.2J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 4.2 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
UeFax 4.3J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 4.3 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
UeFax 4.4J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 4.4 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
NeFax Tray MenuHotTray.exe"eFax Messenger Tray Menu system tray icon for eFax Messenger Plus. Available via Start -> Programs. Disabling instructions available here"
UeFax Tray MenuJ2GTray.exe"System Tray access to eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
UeFax Tray Menu 3.3J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 3.3 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
UeFax Tray Menu 3.5J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 3.5 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
UeFax Tray Menu 4.0J2GTray.exe"System Tray access to version 4.0 of eFax Messenger from j2 Global Communications
NeFax.com Tray MenuHotTray.exe"eFax Messenger Tray Menu system tray icon for eFax Messenger Plus. Available via Start -> Programs. Disabling instructions available here"
UehTrayehtray.exe"Media Center Tray Applet - part of Windows Media Center on XP MCE
UehTray.exeehTray.exe"Media Center Tray Applet - part of Windows Media Center on XP MCE
NEZEJTRAYEZEJTRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the EasyEject Utility for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. Quote: ""The IBM ThinkPad EasyEject Utility makes removing multiple devices from your computer faster and easier by enabling you to stop more than one device at once
UF-PROT Antivirus Tray applicationFProtTray.exe"System Tray access to F-PROT Antivirus"
Uf1Tray.exeF1TRAY.EXE"System Tray icon for FusionOne's MightyPhone software. ""MightyPhone is a concept for wirelessly synchronizing the data on your mobile phone with your web-based or PC based organizer"""
NFoneSyncSystemTrayFoneSyncSystemTray.exeSystem Tray icon for Nokia FoneSync utility for the 7160/7190 mobiles. Useful to send data from/to the cell phone and the computer. You can use it to backup data or even to input data through the computer keyboard (which naturally is much more comfortable). Run manually when required
NFusionHdtvTrayFusionHdtvTray.exe"FusionTrayAgent - main executable for DVICO FusionHDTV software. It adds an icon to system tray that allows you to easily access Fusion HDTV software"
NFusionTrayAgentFusionHdtvTray.exe"FusionTrayAgent - main executable for DVICO FusionHDTV software. It adds an icon to system tray that allows you to easily access Fusion HDTV software"
UG6FTP Server Tray MonitorG6FTPTray.exe"System Tray monitoring tool for Gene6 FTP Server - ""an advanced FTP server software for Windows developed specifically for security and high performance requirements"""
UGBTrayGBTray.exe"System Tray icon access to Roxio's (nee Adaptec) GoBack software which allows you to revert back to a previously working state on you hard drive if you install a new program and your system goes faulty - performing the same functions with extra features as System Restore on WinMe/XP systems. Disable before running Scandisk or Defrag. Not required for WinMe/XP users
YGDFirewallTrayGDFirewallTray.exe"System Tray access to the firewall part of G Data range of internet security products"
UGoBackGBTray.exe"System Tray icon access to Roxio's (nee Adaptec) GoBack software which allows you to revert back to a previously working state on you hard drive if you install a new program and your system goes faulty - performing the same functions with extra features as System Restore on WinMe/XP systems. Disable before running Scandisk or Defrag. Not required for WinMe/XP users
UGoBack Tray IconGBTray.exe"Roxio's (nee Adaptec) GoBack software which allows you to revert back to a previously working state on you hard drive if you install a new program and your system goes faulty - performing the same functions with extra features as System Restore on WinMe/XP systems. Disable before running Scandisk or Defrag. Not required for WinMe/XP users
Nhcsystrayhc_tray.exe"Kuma Notifier for the Shootout! game from the History Channel. ""It lets you know whenever there's a new episode that's been released or an announcement from the Kuma team. Just click it to get up-to-the-minute game and event information"""
NHDtrayHDtray.exePhilips Edge Series Control Panel Tray Utility - system tray icon for a Philips Edge series soundcards. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NHP CD Writerhpcdtray.exeSystem Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> Programs
NHP CD-DVDhpcdtray.exeSystem Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> Programs
NHP CD-Writerhpcdtray.exeSystem Tray access to a HP CD-Writer's functions. Available via Start -> Programs
UHPMVTrayHPMVTray.exe"HP Media Vault Networked Storage Device - System Tray management utility"
NHP_dladlatray.exe"On HP PCs
Nhqtrayhqtray.exe"VMware Host Network Access Status Tray Application - part of both VMware Player (from version 2.0) and Workstation (until version 6.5) - which allow you to ""run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC."" It's function is uknown at present and it displays no tray icon as the name suggests. Can be disabled without affecting the operation of either product"
NIBM ThinkPad EasyEject Tray UtilityEZEJTRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the EasyEject Utility for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. Quote: ""The IBM ThinkPad EasyEject Utility makes removing multiple devices from your computer faster and easier by enabling you to stop more than one device at once
NIBM ThinkPad Tray UtilityTP98TRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the ThinkPad Configuration utility for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. ""The ThinkPad Configuration utility is a control center to configure your ThinkPad hardware. With this utility
UIBM ThinkPad UtilityNPDTray.exeSystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some models
XIefxTrayIefxTray.exe"Added by the RILER-H TROJAN!"
UIgfxTrayigfxtray.exe"System Tray access to display settings for Intel desktop and mobile motherboard chipsets with integrated graphics. With this enabled
NiM Start CenteriM_Tray.exeInstalled with the Sound Blaster Audigy range of soundcards. A radio tuner installed if the user chooses during installation. Available via Start -> Programs -> iM Networks -> iM Radio Tuner
NImage TransferSonyTray.exeSony Image Transfer software provides direct image transfer from your digital camera to a PC - can be started manually
UIMONTRAYimontray.exe"System tray monitoring of fans
UIndexTrayIndexTray.exe"Part of
NInstantTrayPCLETray.exe"Pinnacle InstantCD/DVD disc creation software. Tray icon enabling a pop-up menu that lets you call up any of Instant CD/DVD's tools with one click. Can be started manually"
UIntegardTrayIntegardTray.exe"System Tray access to Integardparental control software from Race River Corp"
UIntel Active Monitorimontray.exe"System tray monitoring of fans
UIntel(R) Common User Interfaceigfxtray.exe"System Tray access to display settings for Intel desktop and mobile motherboard chipsets with integrated graphics. With this enabled
XInternatsystray.exe"Added by the ALADINZ.P TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process. If you right-click on the real systray.exe the ""Properties"" reveal it to be a Microsoft file"
Niptrayiptray.exe"System Tray access to Intel Desktop Utilities - ""provides you with the means to monitor system temperatures
YISTraypctsTray.exe"System Tray access to both PC Tools Internet Security suite and Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC Tools"
Nj2 Tray MenuHotTray.exe"eFax Messenger Tray Menu system tray icon for eFax Messenger Plus. Available via Start -> Programs. Disabling instructions available here"
ULED TRAYLEDTRAY.EXEInstalls a USB compact flash card reader or drive on start-up. The device is distributed by Microtech and is made by a company called SnapShot. Required if you want the reader to work
NLexmarkPrinTrayprintray.exeLexmark Printer icon in the System Tray for quick access. Not required - uncheck via Printer configuration rather than MSCONFIG. Can also be listed as PrinTray
XlgfxTraylgfxTray.exe"Added by the TAKEOBEL WORM! Note - the filename has a lower case ""L"" rather than an upper case ""i"" at the beginning and should not be confused with the valid Intel graphics file ""igfxtray.exe"""
ULifeDrive? ManagerLifeDriveMgrTray.exe"System Tray utility for the Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager"
ULogitech ClickSmartLogiTray.exe"System Tray access to My Logitech Pictures
ULogitech ImageStudioLogiTray.exe"System Tray access to ImageStudio
ULogitech QuickCamLogiTray.exe"System Tray access to My Logitech Pictures
ULogitechImageStudioTrayLogiTray.exe"System Tray access to ImageStudio
ULogitechVideoTrayLogiTray.exe"System Tray access to My Logitech Pictures
ULogiTrayLogiTray.exe"System Tray access to My Logitech Pictures
ULogMeIn GUILogMeInSystray.exe"RemotelyAnywhere is a remote administration and remote control solution for Windows. It allows access to the host computer via the network (the LAN
?lycosInsideLyc_SysTray.exe"Lycos eMail related - what does it do and is it required?"
NM-Audio Delta Taskbar IconDeltTray.exeM-Audio Delta Control Panel for M-Audio brand Delta series audio cards. System Tray access to audio settings - available through Control Panel
UM-Audio Taskbar IconDeltaIITray.exe"System Tray access to the Delta Control Panel for the M-Audio Delta series of PCI audio cards"
NM3Traym3tray.exe"Movielink - internet movie rental System Tray access"
UMAFWTaskbarAppMAFWTray.exeDrivers for the M-Audio Firewire Audiophile - Interface
YMcAfee Desktop Firewall TrayFireTray.exe"McAfee Desktop Firewall"
YMcAfeeFireTrayFiretray.exe"McAfee Desktop Firewall"
UMicrosoft Broadband NetworkingMSBNTray.exeMicrosoft Broadband Networking Tray Application
YMICROSOFT FIREWALL CLIENTISATRAY.EXE"MS Internet Security and Acceleration Server - see here"
UMicrosoft Media Center Tray AppletehTray.exe"Media Center Tray Applet - part of Windows Media Center on XP MCE
NMicrosoft Sidewinder Game Controller SoftwareSWTRAY.EXEMS SideWinder game controller system tray icon. Available via Start -> Programs
XMicrosoft task tray monitorctray.exe"Added by a variant of the RBOT WORM!"
XMicrosoftCorpregtray.exe"Added by the POISON.AHNW BACKDOOR!"
XMicrosoftNAPCregtray.exe"Added by the POISON.AHNW BACKDOOR!"
UMicrosoft® Windows® Operating SystemehTray.exe"Media Center Tray Applet - part of Windows Media Center on XP MCE
NmiroVIDEO Tray Toolmisitray.exe"Tool for quickly changing options for miro/Pinnacle capture cards during capture/playback/output. When this program is closed
?misiTRAYmisiTRAY.exe"Miro video driver related. Is it required?"
NMMTraymm_tray.exe"MusicMatch Jukebox icon in the task tray - digital music player / CD burner and ripper / music organizer / playlist creator"
NMMTrayMMTray.exe"Part of Morgan Multimedia Codecs. Only required when the codecs are used"
YMPFExeMpfTray.exeMcAfee Personal Firewall
YMPFTrayMpfTray.exeMcAfee Personal Firewall
NMPXTraympxptray.exe"Windows Media Player PowerToy which is run from the taskbar. It can be used to hide Windows Media Player (when in use) and choose various standard buttons (play/pause
UMytekSystrayExePathMyTekSystray.exe"MyTek system tray - web site providing computer tech support in Australia"
NNclTrayNclTray.exe"Part of Nokia PC Suite version 5 - which ""is a free PC software product that allows you to connect your Nokia device to a PC and access mobile content as if the device and the PC were one."" Monitors ports to see if a phone has been connected and provides System Tray access to the Connection Manager (and other PC Suite components if a phone is connected). Available via the Control Panel as ""Nokia Connection Manager"""
UNDSTrayNDSTray.exe"ConfigFree Tray on a Toshiba laptop. Tray utility for their network switching application which permits switching network devices and settings with a click on the tray icon. While it is not required
UNDSTray.exeNDSTray.exe"ConfigFree Tray on a Toshiba laptop. Tray utility for their network switching application which permits switching network devices and settings with a click on the tray icon. While it is not required
UNecutrayNecutray.exe"Driver for external USB storage devices (hard drives
NnForce Tray Optionssstray.exenVidia nForce Taskbar Utility - quick access to the nForce2 "Sound Storm" control panel and related utilitys
UNMPSystrayNMPSystray.exe"System Tray access to NotesMedic from Cassetica Software Inc. - which ""contains a suite of Tools that make life easier when using Lotus Notes"""
NNokia Status MonitorNclTray.exe"Part of Nokia PC Suite version 5 - which ""is a free PC software product that allows you to connect your Nokia device to a PC and access mobile content as if the device and the PC were one."" Monitors ports to see if a phone has been connected and provides System Tray access to the Connection Manager (and other PC Suite components if a phone is connected). Available via the Control Panel as ""Nokia Connection Manager"""
NNokia Tray ApplicationNclTray.exe"Part of Nokia PC Suite version 5 - which ""is a free PC software product that allows you to connect your Nokia device to a PC and access mobile content as if the device and the PC were one."" Monitors ports to see if a phone has been connected and provides System Tray access to the Connection Manager (and other PC Suite components if a phone is connected). Available via the Control Panel as ""Nokia Connection Manager"""
Unomtraynomtray.exe"System Tray access to NetMotion Wireless options - including connectivity status (see here)"
NNorton Ghost 10.0GhostTray.exe"Norton Ghost tray icon - the application can be launched manually"
NNorton Ghost 9.0GhostTray.exe"Norton Ghost tray icon - the application can be launched manually"
UNPDTrayNPDTray.exeSystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some models
UNSRKeyNSRTray.exe"System Tray access to Norton Save & Restore backup utility"
NNVIDIA nForce APU1 UtilitiesNVATray.exe"nVidia's nForce Audio Processing Unit (APU)- ""provides 3D positional audio and DirectX 8.0 compatibility
NNVMixerTrayNVMixerTray.exeSystem Tray access to audio controls from nVidia's motherboard ForceWare software
YNWTRAYnwtray.exe"Novell Netware. Displays the red "N" tray icon which can be disabled (by right-click on the icon) but is also needed by the client"
UOmega ASIO Control PanelASIOSysTray.exe"System Tray access to the control panel for the Lexicon Omega ASIO (Audio Streaming I/O) desktop recording studio"
UOODefragTrayoodtray.exe"System Tray access to O&O Defrag disk defragmentation software"
UOrbOrbTray.exe"Related to Orb Tray from InstallShield Software Corporation now owned by Macrovision"
UOWCCardbusTrayocbtray.exeIcon in the system tray for safely removing PCMCIA cards. Only required if you have a laptop or desktop which includes a PCMCIA card interface
UOWCWebCamDVwcdvtray.exe"WebCamDV from Orange Micro
NPaperQuote System Tray IconPQTRAY.EXEPaperQuote is a "wallpaper" changer with daily quotes that are either for inspiration or motivation
YPASystemTrayPASystemTray.exe"Related to Panda Security Software - part of Panda Administrator 3"
YpctsTraypctsTray.exe"System Tray access to both PC Tools Internet Security suite and Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC Tools"
YpctsTray.exepctsTray.exe"System Tray access to both PC Tools Internet Security suite and Spyware Doctor antispyware from PC Tools"
UPDTrayPDTRAY.EXESystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some models
UPDTRAY.EXEPDTRAY.EXESystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some models
NPGPtraypgptray.exePGP 7.x. Provides icon tray shortcuts to PGP programs from Network Associates. Available via Start -> Programs
UPicoZipPicoZipTray.exe"System tray access to PicoZip - ""an easy to use Zip and UnZip utility that runs on all 32-bit Windows platforms such as Windows 95
NpictureBUZZTrayswtray.exe"System Tray access to PictureBUZZ on-line printing software from Streetwise Software. If you use the software set the page you use as a favourite in your browser and run it manually"
UPluck TrayPluckTray.exeRSS (XML TAGS) reader program
UPocket Sheet SyncPSXLTRAY.EXE"Casio Pocket Sheet synchronization software"
UPowerTools Tray Iconpttray.exe"PowerTools - add-on for AOL"
NPProTraypprotray.exePart of the power professional program. Loads the System Tray control
NPrinTrayPrintray.exeLexmark/Compaq printer icon in the System Tray for quick access. Not required - uncheck via Printer configuration rather than MSCONFIG. See also LexmarkPrintray and CompaqPrinTray
UProcessTamerProcessTamerTray.exe"Mouser's Software Process Tamer ""is a tiny (140k) and super efficient utility for Microsoft Windows XP/2K/NT that runs in your system tray and constantly monitors the cpu usage of other processes"""
UPV92TRAYPV92Tray.exe"PCtel HSP V.92 modem configuration utility"
UPWS TrayPwsTray.exe"Microsoft's Personal Web Server
UQCTrayQCTray.exe"System Tray access to IBM Access Connections - forerunner to the current ThinkVantage version. Connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
XRavTimeMstray.exe"Added by the WUKILL.A WORM!"
XRCSystemTrayMaxRCSystemTray.exe"Max Registry Cleaner rogue registry cleaner - not recommended
NReality Fusion GameCam SERFTRay.exeReality Fusion GameCam Video Interaction Technology Software that comes with the Logitech QuickCam PC video camera and other USB cameras. It's only an icon that appears on your System Tray. Available via Start -> Programs
NRealJukeboxSystraytsystray.exeSystem Tray icon for RealJukebox
URegistry Mechanic Vista TrayRMTray.exe"Part of Registry Mechanic from PC Tools - which ""is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows that can safely clean
URegistryMechanicRMTray.exe"Part of Registry Mechanic from PC Tools - which ""is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows that can safely clean
URegKillTrayRegKillTray.exe"DVD region killer part of CloneDVD from Elaborate Bytes AG. Copies the main movie
URemote Data BackupsCBSysTray.exe"System Tray access to Remote Data Backups online system/data backup utility"
URemote Data Backups TaskBar IconCBSysTray.exe"System Tray access to Remote Data Backups online system/data backup utility"
NRFTrayRFTRay.exeReality Fusion GameCam Video Interaction Technology Software that comes with the Logitech QuickCam PC video camera and other USB cameras. It's only an icon that appears on your System Tray. Available via Start -> Programs
NRHPTrayRHPTray.exe"System tray access to Red Hot Pawn - online chess"
URollbackRollbackTray.exe"Added by the RollBack Rx system restore program"
NRoxWatchTrayRoxWatchTray.exe"System Tray access to managing the ""Watched Folders""
US3TRAYS3Tray.exeS3 display configuration taskbar utility for S3 chipset based graphics cards. Can be run from Start-> Settings -> Control Panel -> Display
USafeHouseSystemTraySDWTRAY.EXE"SafeHouse ""Personal Privacy"" system tray icon - PP protects and hides your private and personal photos
YSafeSpaceSafeSpaceSysTray.exe"Part of SafeSpace (from Artificial Dynamics) which ""protects computers from Internet malware infection without the need for signature updates or regular maintenance"""
USafetyNetipcTray.exe"Safety.Net from Netveda - ""offers Internet security
YSBCSTraySBCSTray.exe"System Tray access to CounterSpy antispyware software"
USDTraysdtray.exe"RSA Keon Web PassPort - software that allows organizations to use digital certificates in a Web-based environment to help ensure that their transactions are authentic
USecondChancesctray.exe"Power Quest Second Chance. Sets checkpoints for saving a backup copy of the registry to a disk so you can restore it if you have a crash"
NService Connectionbwtray.exeFor Compaq PC's. Part of Backweb
?ServUTrayIconServUTray.exe"System Tray icon for Serv-U FTP server. Is it required?"
Usgtraysgtray.exe"StorageGuard from Veritas. Free utility that integrates with Backup MyPC (formerly Backup Exec Desktop)
USharpTraySharpTray.exe"Part of the Sharpdesk from Sharp Electronics. ""A desktop-based
XShellTray.exeHomepage hijacker re-directing browsers to adult content websites
NSigmatelSysTrayAppsttray.exeSystem tray program for the Sigmatel Audio sound card. Often found on Dell computers
USiS (R) Compatible Super VGA SiSTray applicationsistray.exeSystem Tray access to display settings for Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) based graphics chipsets. Located in %System%
USiS Traysistray.exeSystem Tray icon for SiS based graphics. Located in %System%
Xsistraysistray.exe"Added by the PROVA TROJAN! Located in %Windir%\command"
Usistraysistray.exeSystem Tray icon for SiS based graphics. Located in %System%
USiSTraySiSTray.exeSystem Tray icon for SiS based graphics. Located in %ProgramFiles%\SiS VGA Utilities
NSmappSmtray.exe"System Tray icon for Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcards. Sound properties can be accessed through the Start Menu or Control Panel"
NSmileboxTraySmileboxTray.exe"System Tray access to Smilebox photo sharing/printing service"
NSmith Micro trysmiptray.exeSmith Micro shared files. Comes with D-Link web cam
USMSTraySMSTray.exeSystem tray access to Samsung Media Studio
NSMTraySmtray.exe"System Tray icon for Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcards. Sound properties can be accessed through the Start Menu or Control Panel"
USoftGridTraySFTTray.exe"System Tray access to SoftGrid from Microsoft - ""the only virtualization solution that delivers applications that are never installed and dynamically delivered
NSoundMAX Integrated Digital AudioSmtray.exe"System Tray icon for Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcards. Sound properties can be accessed through the Start Menu or Control Panel"
USpokeSysTraySpokeSysTray.exe"Spoke Software client application. Spoke ""uses data in your e-mail and other enterprise information systems to discover the existing relationships of people in your enterprise. It then builds a private
YSRS AppletSrsTray.ExeS3 Sonic Vibes sound card drivers - if disabled you loose sound
NsrxTraysrxTray.exe"Titan FTP Server - FTP server"
Nsstraysstray.exenVidia nForce Taskbar Utility - quick access to the nForce2 "Sound Storm" control panel and related utilitys
NStacSysTrayStacSysTray.exeSystem Tray control panel for SigmaTel C-Major on-board audio - as used on some Dell and Packard Bell PCs
UStorageGuardsgtray.exe"StorageGuard from Veritas. Free utility that integrates with Backup MyPC (formerly Backup Exec Desktop)
NSwTraySWTRAY.EXEMS SideWinder game controller system tray icon. Available via Start -> Programs. May have the version number after it
NSymTray - Norton SystemWorksSYMTRAY.EXE"Keeps all System Tray icons for Norton SystemWorks together to reduce clutter. SystemWorks includes Norton Anti-Virus
XSystemsystray.exe"Added by the PISABOY-A TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process"
XSystem Traysystray.exe"Added by the FAN-A WORM! Note - the valid Microsoft systray.exe is normally located in %System% and will only run at startup on Win9x/Me systems. This one is located in %Windir%"
XSystem Tray Monitortray.exe"Added by the RBOT.UXR WORM!"
USystemTraySysTray.Exe"For Win9x/Me - System Tray Services. Provides the Volume Control
XSystemTraySystemTray.exe"Added by the BIGFOOT TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process"
XSystemTraySysTray.exe"Added by the ALADINZ.P TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process. If you right-click on the real systray.exe the ""Properties"" reveal it to be a Microsoft file"
USystemTraySDSDSystemTray.exe"Spyware Detector - spyware remover. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
USystemTraySRSRSystemTray.exe"Spyware Detector - spyware remover. Initially not recommended due to false positives but the later versions have since improved - see here"
XSysTraySysTray.Exe"Added by the BANCBAN-JV TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process from Win9x/Me systems which would appear in the Name/Startup Item field as SystemTray in the registry ""Run"" keys and MSConfig. If you right-click on the real systray.exe the ""Properties"" reveal it to be a Microsoft file"
Usystraysystray.exeDell Mobile Broadband wireless configuration utility - located in %ProgramFiles%\Dell\Dell Mobile Broadband
XSystray driversystray.exe"Added by the MUTEBOT TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate systray.exe process"
NTasktrayCTLTray.exeInstalled with the Sound Blaster Audigy range of soundcards. Allows you to set EAX effects or equalizer settings for the Sound Blaster Audigy from a systray icon. Also allows you to launch the Taskbar via right-click → Show Taskbar. The tasktray can be accessed via Start → Programs → Creative → Sound Blaster Audigy → Taskbar
Ntbctraytbctray.exeProvides quick access via a System Tray icon to the control panel for Turtle Beach's Santa Cruz or VideoLogic's SonicFury soundcards. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NTBTraytbtray.exeVLSI/QSound ThunderBird PCI Control Panel. System Tray access to the settings for this and related soundcards. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
UTCOYFRemindertcoyftray.exe"My ParenTime Fertility Planner Reminder. The calendar provides a quick overview of the status of your fertility"
XText Tray Servicetstray.exe"Added by the SILLYFDC.BCC WORM!"
YTFTrayTFTray.exe"System Tray access to ThreatFire no-signature anti-malware from PC Tools - which ""features innovative real-time behavioral technology that provides powerful protection against both known and unknown viruses
NThinkPad Configuration UtilityTP98TRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the ThinkPad Configuration utility for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. ""The ThinkPad Configuration utility is a control center to configure your ThinkPad hardware. With this utility
NThinkPad EasyEject UtilityEZEJTRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the EasyEject Utility for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks. Quote: ""The IBM ThinkPad EasyEject Utility makes removing multiple devices from your computer faster and easier by enabling you to stop more than one device at once
UThinkPad Presentation DirectorNPDTray.exeSystem Tray access to Presentation Director for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks - which allows you to create and quickly select between various single and mulitple display options. Scheme selection and settings are also available via Fn+F7 key combination on some models
UThinkVantage Access ConnectionsACTray.exe"System Tray access to the ThinkVantage Access Connections connectivity-assistant program for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad or 3000 Family notebook computers - ""allowing users to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless environments
YThreatFireTFTray.exe"System Tray access to ThreatFire no-signature anti-malware from PC Tools - which ""features innovative real-time behavioral technology that provides powerful protection against both known and unknown viruses
UTMRUBottedTrayTMRUBottedTray.exe"RUBotted (from Trend Micro) monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection
NTP98TRAYTP98TRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the ThinkPad Configuration utility for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. ""The ThinkPad Configuration utility is a control center to configure your ThinkPad hardware. With this utility
UTprtrayTprtray.exeDisplays the Power icon in the System Tray on a Toshiba laptop
NTPTrayTPTray.exeTouchpad configuration tray icon for Toshiba laptops. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NTPTRAYTP98TRAY.EXE"System Tray access to the ThinkPad Configuration utility for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. ""The ThinkPad Configuration utility is a control center to configure your ThinkPad hardware. With this utility
YTpwrtrayTPWRTRAY.EXEToshiba laptop's own Advanced Power Management system which disables Windows APM (greyed-out in Control Panel). You can't choose which of the 2 systems to use
NTranscode360Transcode360Tray.exe"Designed for WinXP Media Center Edition 2005 and the Xbox 360
NTraySantaCruztbctray.exeProvides quick access via a System Tray icon to the control panel for Turtle Beach's Santa Cruz or VideoLogic's SonicFury soundcards. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
?TridTrayTridTray.exe"System Tray access to Trident 4DWave soundcards?"
Xtvctraytvctray.exeAdded by the VB.QJ TROJAN!
NTvsTvsTray.exe"Toshiba Virtual Sound on a notebook. Allows you to change sound settings on the fly - default setting is ""build-in speaker"". You can also select external speaker
UTweakMASTERTMTray.exe"TweakMASTER Internet Optimizer"
Yuntrayuntray.exe"Command Antivirus related"
UUpdateManagersgtray.exe"StorageGuard from Veritas (this version by Sonic). Free utility that integrates with Backup MyPC (formerly Backup Exec Desktop)
UUpromise TrayUpromiseTray.exe"System Tray access to the Upromise college savings program"
UUtility Traysistray.exeSystem Tray icon for SiS based graphics. Located in %System%
UVetTrayvettray.exe"Computer Associates "InnoculateIT" and Vet Anti-Virus virus software. System Tray quicklaunch access
NVMware hqtrayhqtray.exe"VMware Host Network Access Status Tray Application - part of both VMware Player (from version 2.0) and Workstation (until version 6.5) - which allow you to ""run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC."" It's function is uknown at present and it displays no tray icon as the name suggests. Can be disabled without affecting the operation of either product"
UVMware Workstationvmware-tray.exe"System Tray access to virtual machines (VMs) currently in a ""powered on"" state in VMware Workstation - which ""makes it simple to create and run multiple virtual machines on your desktop or laptop computer"". Can be helpful if VMs are configured to run ""headless"" at Windows startup
NVMware Workstationhqtray.exe"VMware Host Network Access Status Tray Application - part of both VMware Player (from version 2.0) and Workstation (until version 6.5) - which allow you to ""run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC."" It's function is uknown at present and it displays no tray icon as the name suggests. Can be disabled without affecting the operation of either product"
Uvmware-trayvmware-tray.exe"System Tray access to virtual machines (VMs) currently in a ""powered on"" state in VMware Workstation - which ""makes it simple to create and run multiple virtual machines on your desktop or laptop computer"". Can be helpful if VMs are configured to run ""headless"" at Windows startup
NVongo TrayTray.exe"System Tray access the now discontinued Vongo video-on-demand service"
NVortexTrayasp4tray.exeSystem Tray application for Aureal Vortex based soundcards. Can be run manually via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
NVoyetraTrayvtray.exeThis provides an abbreviated Control Group for the Turtle Beach Montego II sound functions/associated with AudioStation 3 and 32
Uvptrayvptray.exe"System Tray icon for Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition. Gives access to the options available and may not be required. Some users may have problems - refer here"
Xvptray analyzingvptray.exe"Added by the RIZO.A TROJAN!"
NWar FTPD Tray Iconwartray.exe"War-ftpd - FTP server"
XWeatherOnTrayWeatherOnTray.exe"Hotbar adware"
XWeatherOnTraySbWeatherOnTray.exe"Hotbar adware"
NWebOutfitterTraysttray.exeIntel WebOutfitter service System Tray icon
UWebshotsWebshots Tray.exe"Webshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper
UWebshotsWebshotsTray.exe"Webshots - software that displays photos as your screensaver and wallpaper
XWinTraywintray.exe"Added by the LEGUARDIEN.B TROJAN!"
Nwltraywltray.exeSystem tray access to wireless LAN card configuration options
XWUPDiglmtray.exe"Added by the TZET WORM!"
UX1 System TrayX1Systray.exe"Part of X1's Enterprise Desktop Search Resource Center. An enterprise desktop search engine"
XX10WeaxWTHRTRAY.EXE"WeatherCheck - ""bring the latest local weather to your desktop"". Not recommended as it reportedly pops ads
UXTNDConnect PC - ErPhn2ErTray.exe"Sony Ericsson IrMC (Infrared Mobile Connectivity) phones and smartphones specific translator for XTNDConnect PC - ""award-winning desktop-sync application that enables you to easily synchronize your contacts
UXTNDConnect PC - MyPalmMPTray.exe"Palm OS specific translator for XTNDConnect PC - ""award-winning desktop-sync application that enables you to easily synchronize your contacts
Nymetrayymetray.exe"Yahoo! Music system tray icon"
UZboardTrayZboardTray.exe"Ideazon Zboard gaming keyboard driver - allows you to customise keyboard functions"
YZENRC Tray Iconzentray.exe"Part of Novell's ZenWorks - "Complete End-to-End Directory-enabled Network Management". Best left alone"
X[various names]NsCplTray.exe"Wareout - malware masquerading as a spyware and dialer remover"


DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. I will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure.

This is NOT a list of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a list of startup applications, although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. For a list of tasks/processes you should try WinTasks 5 Standard/Professional from LIUtilities or the list at AnswersThatWork. Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in MSCONFIG or the registry first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL. If in doubt, don't do anything.