What does the ehtray.exe file do?
The ehtray.exe process is also known as Media Center Tray Applet or, as the case may be, Windows Media Center and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of ehtray.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Media Center Tray Applet has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Media Center Tray Applet has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ehtray.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ehtray.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ehtray.exe Media Center Tray Applet
The original ehtray.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Ehtray.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 125,952 bytes (45% of all these files), 64,512 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The file is part of the Windows operating system found in C:\Windows\. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 10% 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 ehtray.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 ehtray?
|when this applet runs on startup my screensaver will not activate if set for more than one minute, don't know yet |
|I have this running on my system with no screen-saver problems. |
| When I disable this applet my screen-saver works fine. |
|Looked up 'ehrecvr' which is a Windows Media program necessary for watching live tv. This is in the same folder (C:\WINDOWS\ehome) and claims to be a part of Windows XP and a Media Center Applet |
|etray.exe is microsoft product, however can be manipulated with spyware and malware |
Summary: 6 users judge ehtray.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted ehtray.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program
To remove Media Center Tray Applet from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if ehtray.exe (Media Center Tray Applet) 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 Media Center Tray Applet. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Media Center Tray Applet 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 ehtray.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.