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What does the GhostTray.exe file do?

The GhostTray.exe process is also known as Tray Application and is a part of Norton Ghost. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of GhostTray.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 GhostTray.exe Tray Application

GhostTray.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file GhostTray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,537,696 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 1,537,640 bytes.
The program appears as a small tray icon. You will find it on the Windows taskbar next to the clock. If you don't see the tray icon, click the white (<) symbol. The program appears as a window on the desktop. The GhostTray file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. It 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. GhostTray.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 0% 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 GhostTray.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 GhostTray?

Part of Ghost version 9 (further information...)
is used in both norton systemworks and norton Ghost
Dan E
Part of Norton Ghost 9.0, Might be name of previous versions (2003 had tray icon as well)
Keith Bachman
Doesn't seem to work after uninstalling Ghost 9.0 then installing Ghost 10.0, but is a nice feature - keeps you up to date on current Norton Ghost activity (when it works)
Brian K
Part of Norton Ghost. Icon is usefull when Ghost is been configured on a schedule basis. (further information...)

Summary: 6 users judge GhostTray.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. For this reason, one user has already deleted GhostTray.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Norton Ghost

GhostTray.exe Tray Application fix

To remove 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 Norton Ghost in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GhostTray.exe (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 Tray Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for 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 GhostTray.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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