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What is ndstray.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 ndstray.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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Ndstray.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ndstray
Ndstray.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ConfigFree™ Tray or ConfigFree Task Tray Menu or ConfigFree™ tray belongs to software TOSHIBA ConfigFree or ConfigFree™ Tray or ConfigFree by TOSHIBA CORPORATION (www.toshiba.com).

Description: Ndstray.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ndstray.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Toshiba\ConfigFree\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 978,944 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 892,928 bytes and 13 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/ndstray.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Ndstray.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ TOSHIBA ConfigFree or TOSHIBA Face Recognition
  2) contact www.toshiba.co.jp to assist you.

Recommended: Identify ndstray.exe related errors

If ndstray.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 40,960 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Ndstray.exe is not a Windows system file. Ndstray.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ndstray.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the ndstray.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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User Comments

This is Toshiba's config free utility and have on my 1 yr old laptop...it's cool
  walt  
NDSTray.exe could not be run while starting my laptop
  kitty  
It's from Toshiba and It came with my laptop. It is really helpful.
  Joshua  
perfectly fine for toshiba laptops. it is for network control
  tnt  
it's fine. not a big memory hog, and very useful if you take your laptop around to lots of different locations and switch between networks (wired and wireless)
  Mike Chambers  
that it failed and my comp crashed
  none  
NDSTray.exe is a harmless, basic tool that is installed by Toshiba. It is useful for easily switching wireless networks if you travel with your laptop a lot.
  Jon  
AVG 8.5 Free Edition identifies this as "Trojan horse Generic14.BUL" with virus DB 270.13.14/2238
  Mark  
I would like to disable NDStray because it will go through half hour bouts of hogging 50 to 60 % of my cpu and makes things glitchy.
  Taylor  
cpu hog removing it sped up the pc significantly.
  ben  
it uses 100% of cpu and never seems to stop. I have to stop it!
  tahir rahman  
All the stuff about harmless is a lie. It can be a virus and it takes up more than 50% of my cpu usage
  Anon  
This thing in a massive memory hog. It will just randomly use 100% of your cpu and half your ram for no reson every couple of weeks, and wont stop until u restart the computer or end the process. While it does this, everything else freezes, u cant save documents, games crash, and if ur in the middle of a download, forget it its gone. and in some cases if u had too much going before it decided to hog the memory, your computer will crash. This thing is very bad for your computer, but essential cause the wireless card wont work right without it.
  Colin  
It hogs more than half of my CPU. I can't even load a page. Remove it.
  David  
Real resource hog
  Mike  
There IS a legit program called NDSTray.exe, however if you are not on a Toshiba, you shouldnt have it on your computer. If you ARE on a Toshiba then you will have to look further into the program to determine whether or not it is legit or a virus.
  kortnee  
not much - is hogging my cpu!!!
  timbo  
Regularly uses over 50% CPU - also a memory hog - very poor
  Bill Hewitt  
Right now was taking up 50% and more of my CPU for a long time!!! Making my computer slow! I killed it from task manager.
  Paul  
It is used to switch between from using a modem to using free Wi-Fi for Toshiba computers only
  David Leggett   (further information)
uses 100% resources and I have a toshiba.
  mike  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ndstray.exe: based on 28 votes with 21 user comments. 6 users think ndstray.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think ndstray.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade ndstray.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving ndstray issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ndstray. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ndstray.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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