What does the vmware-tray.exe file do?
The vmware-tray.exe process is also known as VMware Tray Process and is a part of VMware Workstation. This software is produced by VMware (www.vmware.com). An obsolete or defective version of vmware-tray.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- VMware Tray Process has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- VMware Tray Process 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)
- vmware-tray.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vmware-tray.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vmware-tray.exe VMware Tray Process
vmware-tray.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file vmware-tray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 114,368 bytes (25% of all these files), 112,200 bytes, 110,928 bytes or, as the case may be, 104,128 bytes.
Vmware-tray.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. This vmware-tray.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The vmware-tray file is not part of the Windows operating system. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 26% 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 vmware-tray.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 vmware-tray?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall VMware Workstation
To remove VMware Tray Process 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 VMware Workstation in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if vmware-tray.exe (VMware Tray Process) 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 VMware Tray Process. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for VMware Tray Process 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 vmware-tray.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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