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What does the CAVTray.exe file do?

The CAVTray.exe process is also known as CA Antivirus System Tray Application and is a part of Computer Associates Antivirus. This software is produced by Computer Associates International (www.ca.com). An obsolete or defective version of CAVTray.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about CAVTray.exe CA Antivirus System Tray Application

CAVTray.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file CAVTray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". The file size is 230,512 bytes.
The CAVTray file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. CAVTray.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This CAVTray.exe process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 31% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves CAVTray.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about CAVTray?

it s a part of e trust antivirus
Installed with eTrust EZ Antivirus
Seems harmless, but keeps popping up autodown.exe, which asks for your credit card number.

Summary: 6 users judge CAVTray.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Computer Associates Antivirus

CAVTray.exe CA Antivirus System Tray Application fix

To remove CA Antivirus System Tray Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Computer Associates Antivirus in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if CAVTray.exe (CA Antivirus System Tray Application) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of CA Antivirus System Tray Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CA Antivirus System Tray Application or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or CAVTray.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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