What does the zatray.exe file do?
The zatray.exe process is also known as ZoneAlarm and is a part of ZoneAlarm Security or, as the case may be, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall. This software is produced by Check Point Software Technologies (www.checkpoint.com). An obsolete or defective version of zatray.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ZoneAlarm has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ZoneAlarm 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)
- zatray.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module zatray.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about zatray.exe ZoneAlarm
zatray.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file zatray.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 73,832 bytes (33% of all these files), 137,352 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The 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 file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. This zatray.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. 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 zatray.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 zatray?
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 ZoneAlarm Security or ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
To remove ZoneAlarm 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 ZoneAlarm Security or ZoneAlarm Free Firewall in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if zatray.exe (ZoneAlarm) 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 ZoneAlarm. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ZoneAlarm 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 zatray.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.