What is mbamtray.exe?

The genuine mbamtray.exe file is a software component of Malwarebytes by Malwarebytes.
Malwarebytes is an malware detection and removal tool. Mbamtray.exe runs a process that controls the tray functionality of the program. This is not a required process and may be safely disabled.

Malwarebytes is a malware removal software that is designed to remove annoying ad-ware and toolbars. It is compatible with several operating systems including Mac OS, and does not cause conflict with other security software. Malwarebytes cleans infected devices, prevents ransomware attacks, shields vulnerable systems from both new and unknown viruses, warns when a website, server, and ad network is infected and provides centralized threat reporting.

Headquartered in Santa, Clara California, Malwarebytes is an American Internet security company with offices in Santa Clara, California, Clearwater, Florida, Tallinn, Estonia and Cork, Ireland. The company reported a growth of 10 million users in just one year between 2014 and 2015 and has fixed over 250 million computers, and over five billion malware threats worldwide. Key products of the company include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner.

MbAMTray stands for Malwarebytes Anti Malware Tray

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 mbamtray.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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Mbamtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mbamtray
Mbamtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Malwarebytes Tray Application belongs to software Malwarebytes or Malwarebytes Tray Application by Malwarebytes (

Description: Mbamtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file mbamtray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (for example C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes\Anti-Malware\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,515,856 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 2,780,112 bytes and 16 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The mbamtray.exe file is digitally signed. The program is not visible. Mbamtray.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using mbamtray.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Malwarebytes or Malwarebytes versiĆ³n (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or get help from the software vendor Malwarebytes.

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

Commercial Program. Used it for years.
It's harmless, and probably should be installed on most PCs. Besides it's an AV (AntiVirus) so it should be good, it is a trusted AV.
  TRGReal   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of mbamtray.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think mbamtray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving mbamtray issues

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