The process of igfxTray in autoload: the purpose of the program, the possibility and the rationality of its removal

The functioning of a computer device is determined by the implementation of a laptop set of tasks that are not always clear to the average user, however, it is essential for its correct operation. During operation, the user often does not even suspect the number of operations launched by the system in automatic mode, however, he begins to think about the question, which of the processes opened on the PC are necessary for its operation in a situation when the device performance is disturbed. When trying to optimize PC performance, a user has to face the need to inspect the registry of processes that run in automated mode, and then remove them from the list of tasks that are not mandatory for the correct operation of the computer. When analyzing the list of active tasks, the user often has a question about the purpose of this or that process so that the intended shutdown or deletion of the process does not affect the operation of the operating system in a critical manner. In this article we will talk about the igfxTray process, typical of PCs running on an Intel processor, consider the purpose of the object, its class affiliation, and discuss whether there is a need for continuous operation of the tool.

How to eliminate igfxTray virus.

The functional purpose of the process igfxTray and its essence

Even for an inexperienced PC user, it is not a novelty that disabling any application, if its work is related to the operation of the operating system, can negatively affect the capabilities of the laptop. Naturally, before blocking any component or removing it from the system, it is important to understand what the program is, how important its “presence” is on the PC. It is important not only to understand what this process identified by the task manager, as an igfxTray file, with the exe extension, but also to exclude its virus origin: often files of this type act as “false” similarity to the original programs, disguising as malicious components. The igfxTray file is present in autoload for natural reasons, since it is a component included in Intel Graphics and Media software. The practical purpose of the software component is as follows:

  1. Auto-adjusting the format of the graphics adapter.
  2. Converting graphics display settings to the screen.
  3. Change the resolution on the display.

Accordingly, by disabling the resulting process, the user may experience problems when there is a need to change the resolution, contrast or brightness of the screen color, and the update of graphics for Intel to the last modification in automatic mode will also be removed from the tasks. As practice shows, conditioned manipulations and settings are extremely rarely used by users, which eliminates the need for the process to operate in an automated format on an ongoing basis.

If you need to perform any of the operations described earlier, the user will be able to run the file in manual format, perform the required task, for example, by setting the color on the laptop display, and then shutting down the process until later, when the need arises. Turning off, in this case, is a justifiable procedure to optimize the performance of the laptop, with a focus on saving resources of a computer device. Having understood the subtleties of this file, with the name igfxTray, the user can proceed to its removal from those present in the autoload. This can be done in two ways: completely remove the utility from the system, or stop its operation in automatic mode, the second option being more acceptable and correct from a technological standpoint. Consider the procedure for performing the procedure for each option, which will allow any user to cope with the task independently, no matter what decision he made.

Program elimination policy

Professionals recommend, when it comes to optimizing the performance of computer devices, not to make radical decisions, especially when it comes to software elements whose functionality may be needed in the future. The igfxTray process is included by experts in the list of important elements for a PC, therefore, from the position of rationality, it would be more correct to block its functionality rather than remove the application from the system. You can do this as follows:

  1. Through the entrance through the "Start", open the "Task Manager". You can perform a similar task by typing in the command line, which is caused by a combination of the WIN and R keys, the msconfig directive, and the Task Manager can be opened by simultaneously pressing three keys: Ctrl, Shift, and Esc.
  2. Go to the Startup registry or “Startup”, where to find the conditional process from Intel and, clicking the file with the right key of the manipulator, select the “Disable” directive from the drop-down menu.
  3. Restart the PC and check the effectiveness of the executed manipulations.

Sometimes a conditional file is not displayed in the dispatcher’s registry, then you can disable it by right-clicking on the free field of the desktop, where, from the drop-down list, select the Graphic settings item, go to the System Taskbar icon, and then select the command "Turn off". A simple and time-consuming method allows you to cope with the automatic launch of a conditional file in a few seconds. If the user nevertheless decided on the cardinal removal of the application from the system, then he must act according to the following regulations:

  1. Shut down the application in the "Processes" tab, located in the "Task Manager" window.
  2. Via the “Control Panel”, go to the “Add or Remove Programs” item, where to find the required component, and by calling the context menu, delete the file.
  3. Clean up the “traces” of the program's stay on the computer device by using the resources of a third-party utility, for example, the Ccleaner application or similar in functionality and purpose. To do this, just run the program with a focus on system analysis, followed by cleaning the components that have the word igfxTray in the title.

It should be understood that after the executed manipulations on the removal of igfxTray, the user, if necessary, to use the resources of the application, will need to download the file from the developer’s site and install it on the PC.

File origin check: exclusion of virus injection into the system

There are frequent situations when under the guise of a system or software product, mainly in the form of files with the exe extension, malicious or virus elements penetrate the software. Such a precedent is explained by the fact that the user cannot immediately distinguish the original file from the “fake” file, which, in turn, “settles” in the system and conducts its destructive activity. In the case of a file called igfxTray, such a precedent rarely occurs, however, it is still necessary to check and eliminate such a probability. To begin, you will need to inspect the location of the software product: if the file is not located at C: / Windows / System32, but in some other folder, this is the first sign of its possible viral origin.

The alarming fact will also be a mismatch in the properties of the “Copyright” file with Intel, as well as a mismatch of the file name with the name spelled out in the properties. You can check these criteria by logging in through the Task Manager in the Properties of the program element. In the properties of the product, in the “Details” tab, if the product is legal, in the “Copyright” column there should be an entry by Intel Corporation, and in the “Original file name” line its exact name is IGFXTRAY.EXE.

If the inspection result is unsatisfactory, the file is suspicious, then you should use the resources of a powerful antivirus program, perform a system scan, and delete the threats found by the utility. For this purpose, it is better to use reliable tools, for example, AdwCleaner, Doctor Web, or Kaspersky, which are designed specifically for the rapid detection and removal of virus components, with any level of danger, including new modifications of malicious signatures. Experienced users use such programs under permanent conditions, and not only in the event of any risks, which eliminates the likelihood of viruses penetrating the PC, allows you to wander around the World Wide Web resources without fear, and guarantees the security of your computer device and operating system.


The IGFXTRAY program, which, by default, is a component of the Intel integrated graphics settings, often runs in the background of a PC on a constant basis, which often affects the performance of the laptop. Due to the fact that the resources of a conditional application are used extremely rarely, in order to optimize computer operation, a rational procedure is to suspend the operation of the utility, which can be carried out according to the above recommendations. Deleting an application is undesirable, because if you need to change the graphical settings on a PC, the user will face the problem of not being able to carry out the process: to perform it, you must first download the file from the official Microsoft website, which requires certain time and resource costs. When you need to optimize your PC, be guided by common sense: remove only those programs and applications that you really do not need now or in the future.