What is NvMcTray.dll? Should I remove it?

NvMcTray.dll is a part of Nvidia-related application, although might sometimes be related to a Trojan infection

NvMcTray.dll is a Dynamic Link Library file that belongs to software known as Nvidia Media Center Edition. It is commonly associated with a startup file that allows the related software to run as soon as Windows is launched. In most cases, the file does not cause any problems as it runs in the background when associated apps need it to be running.

In some cases, the file might be related to malware – especially when there is no Nvidia software present on the device. This is also true when the name of the file is altered to NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit. Therefore, if you have spotted this file name or the original one is causing high CPU or other issues, you should immediately investigate and find the solution.

Name NvMcTray.dll
Type Application file/startup item
Related software Nvidia software
Danger Malware might disguise under a similar name – make sure you check the file's legitimacy
Removal If legitimate, all you have to do is uninstall Nvidia software. If the file is malicious, employ SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another security program to eliminate Trojans from your system
System fix If you are experiencing errors that were caused by malware infection or other issues, we recommend you use FortectIntego to fix Windows problems automatically

If deleted by accident or otherwise, it might cause related software to malfunction. Users who did get rid of the file later found that they started receiving the following error and could not load Nvidia Helper Service or Nvidia Display properties:


There was a problem starting C:\windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll
The specified module could not be found.

This error might occur after using third-party applications, such as potentially unwanted programs. If you want to fix RunDLL errors automatically, we highly recommend you rely on the PC repair tool FortectIntego.

To make it clear, if the component is legitimate and you are using the functions of previously mentioned programs, you should never disable the startup items or remove the DLL file itself, as it could cause problems and result in errors.

Watch out: NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit is a part of a trojan

It is not a secret that cybercriminals often use legitimate or those that remind of legitimate names of files when operating malware. For example, a very well-known file svchost.exe can host malicious processes without users recognizing it as such (at least without further investigation).

An alternative tactic is to take a part of a known name and then add additional characters or slightly change the name. In this case, if you have found NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit hiding on your system, you should immediately remove it, as it is highly likely that your PC is infected with a Trojan.

Trojans are malicious programs that use deceptive techniques to infiltrate users' machines and start performing malicious tasks, including:

  • proliferation of additional malicious payloads
  • keylogging
  • sending spam
  • information harvesting, etc.

Without a doubt, Trojans' activities can cause harm to the infected users, so their presence should never be tolerated. In order to delete malware efficiently, you should run an up-to-date security program and remove malware components at once.

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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