What is CloneCDTray.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the CloneCDTray.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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CloneCDTray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CloneCDTray
CloneCDTray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CloneCD Tray belongs to software CloneCD by SlySoft ( or Elaborate Bytes AG (

Description: CloneCDTray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CloneCDTray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—common is C:\Program Files (x86)\SlySoft\CloneCD\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Elaborate Bytes\CloneCD\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (89% of all occurrences) or 73,728 bytes. 
CloneCDTray.exe is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with CloneCD occur, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or use the software publisher's support site.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CloneCDTray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CloneCDTray.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

part of the clonecd program (a cd copying program) - i dont know, if clonecd keeps working, if you disable it, so i didn't disable it
i diasable it all the time and now it doesn't work anymore
Should be started as a manual application only
  P Farley  
Disable it, CloneCD keeps working correctly wheen be started from start menu
part of CloneCD, well-known cd copy application
  meetoo   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of CloneCDTray.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think CloneCDTray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving CloneCDTray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CloneCDTray. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CloneCDTray.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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