What is jswtrayutil.exe?

The genuine jswtrayutil.exe file is a software component of Qualcomm Atheros Jumpstart for Wireless by Qualcomm Atheros.
Qualcomm Atheros Jumpstart for Wireless is a program that facilitates easy setup of wireless network connections. Jswtrayutil.exe runs the system tray notification service for Jumpstart. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems.

Jumpstart for Wireless is a program that is designed for novice users to easily configure wireless network connections. The program has been known to be mimicked by malware and viruses, especially if there are two processes running under the name, Jswtrayutil.exe. An antivirus program is recommended to remove the infection.

Qualcomm Atheros (formerly known as T-Span Systems and Atheros Communications) is an American corporation that designs and develops semiconductor technology for network communications, specialising in wireless chipsets. The company was founded in 1998 by Teresa Meng and John L. Hennessy. Qualcomm acquired the company in 2011 for $3.7 billion making it a subsidiary and changing the name to Qualcomm Atheros.

JsWTrayUtil stands for Jumpstart Wireless Tray Utility Service

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 jswtrayutil.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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Jswtrayutil.exe file information

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Jswtrayutil.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Tray Utility for JumpStart for Wireless belongs to software NETGEAR WNA1100 (version N150 Wireless USB Adapter) or Jumpstart Installation Program or RangeMax Wireless-N USB Adapter (version WN111v2) or NETGEAR WNA1100 wireless USB (version 2.0 driver, 2.0 adapter) or Atheros Wi-Fi Protected Setup or QSS Installation Program or Atheros Wi-Fi Protected Setup Library or NETGEAR RangeMax Duo Wireless-N by Atheros Communications (

Description: Jswtrayutil.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Jswtrayutil.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—common is C:\Program Files (x86)\Jumpstart\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\TP-LINK\QSS\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 528,384 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 32,871 bytes, 36,949 bytes or 32,873 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Jswtrayutil.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with jswtrayutil.exe occur, you could remove the entire program Jumpstart Installation Program or QSS Installation Program using Windows Control Panel.

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If jswtrayutil.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 528,384 bytes. The program has a visible window. The icon of this process on the Windows taskbar is not shown. It is not a Windows core file. Jswtrayutil.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as jswtrayutil.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the jswtrayutil.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

jswtrayutil.exe is part of Jumpstart located in C:\Program Files\Jumpstart\jswtrayutil.exe. It's a tray utility for wireless from TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
Wenn ein Netgear oder eines der anderen obig genannten Wifi PRodukte genutzt wird notwendig ansonsten weg damit, aber in den wenigsten Fällen gefährlich.

Summary: Average user rating of jswtrayutil.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think jswtrayutil.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving jswtrayutil issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with jswtrayutil. 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 jswtrayutil.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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