What does the FireTray.exe file do?
The FireTray.exe process is also known as McAfee HIP Tray Application or, as the case may be, McAfee Desktop Firewall Tray Application and is a part of McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention or, as the case may be, McAfee Desktop Firewall. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or, as the case may be, Networks Associates Technology (nai.com). An obsolete or defective version of FireTray.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- McAfee HIP Tray Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- McAfee HIP Tray Application 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)
- FireTray.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module FireTray.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about FireTray.exe McAfee HIP Tray Application
FireTray.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. FireTray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 963,904 bytes (60% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 679,996 bytes.
The FireTray file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 20% 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 FireTray.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 FireTray?
|Part of older McAffee Firewall |
|Related to McAfee Desktop Firewall for Windows XP |
Summary: 2 users judge FireTray.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention or McAfee Desktop Firewall
To remove McAfee HIP Tray Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention or McAfee Desktop Firewall in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if FireTray.exe (McAfee HIP 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 McAfee HIP Tray Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for McAfee HIP 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 FireTray.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.