What is mhtray.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 mhtray.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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Mhtray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mhtray
Mhtray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Glarysoft MalwareHunterTray or Glarysoft mhtray belongs to software Malware Hunter by Glarysoft (

Description: Mhtray.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file mhtray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (primarily C:\Program Files (x86)\Glarysoft\Malware Hunter\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 818,640 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 926,200 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). There is no file information. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using mhtray.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Malware Hunter) or look for help from the software company Glarysoft.

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


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Best practices for resolving mhtray issues

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