What is securityhealthsystray.exe? Should I remove it?

Securityhealthsystray.exe is the process file related to the Windows operating system that can be cloned and used as malware

Securityhealthsystray.exe is an executable file that indicates a particular process running on the machine. It is a Windows file that unfortunately still triggers questions when users find a few processes running in the background or when the Task Manager shows this file using much CPU or other resources. An executable file can harm the computer if it is malicious. You need to determine if the file is dangerous or not before you do anything. The best solution for that is anti-malware applications.

If you determine that the securityhealthsystray.exe virus is a trojan after a proper system scan, you can run the suggested steps and eliminate the threat from your device. However, when the file belongs to a legitimate Windows service, you can damage the machine without even noticing that. Diagnosis is required because the file is related to Windows Security Health software.

Name Securityhealthsystray.exe
Type Executable that belongs to Windows 
Association The process is known as Windows Security Notifications or Windows SecurityHealth 
Issues The file appears doubled in Task Manager and running all the time or even using resources of the computer, so users raise questions
Distribution The file belongs to the OS when it is safe, but malicious actors can distribute the dangerous file via spam emails and hacked sites
Diagnosis The anti-malware tool can determine if the process is associated with a dangerous program or not. Make sure to double-check before eliminating any files or applications
System fix You can recover the machine after infections or repair any damage that corrupted files cause with a tool like ReimageIntego

Securityhealthsystray.exe is the file related to Windows Search Filter Host originally, so the OS is responsible for running the file and other needed processes. The original file is an important part of Windows and shouldn't cause problems on the machine.

However, users tend to complain about the process securityhealthsystray.exe that appears running on the machine. It is not recommended to disable the process when it is found in the Task Manager. It possibly still comes back there after such attempts. Especially when the procedure is needed for the device to be launched from time to time.

You need to check that place this file is placed in before you decide to remove securityhealthsystray.exe or delete any programs possibly related to this file. It should be located in Windows System folders, and the size shouldn't be larger than 80 bytes. If located in other random folders or comes to a much bigger size, it is possibly related to cyber threats. Run SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to make sure.

Securityhealthsystray.exe removal should be a process that you are completely sure about. However, anti-malware tools can be the ones that help determine if this executable is any dangerous or possibly related to PUPs, trojans, other malware. Some threats can disguise themselves as these common processes, so malicious infection is the possible issue here.

Securityhealthsystray.exe virus can be a trojan or malicious process designed to damage the machine. If the particular intruder triggers very high CPU usage and triggers slowness of the PC, program crashes, general issues, and freezing, you should be concerned.

When securityhealthsystray.exe is a threat, it can be set to:

  • infect the system with other malicious programs;
  • open backdoors for malicious actors;
  • trigger dangerous changes or processes;
  • mine cryptocurrency while running on resources of the infected machine.

This is why you should consider removing the malicious securityhealthsystray.exe. This is not a ransomware or a different program that causes symptoms and issues that can be noticed by the victim. This is why system damage is a serious issue. Run ReimageIntego after the diagnosis with anti-malware tools. Even then, when the file is considered safe because you can repair any damage in system folders. Even when malware has nothing to do with it.

Files can disguise malware as well as run on purpose

This file is related to software that arrived on the machine with its operating system. So the file is related to the Windows software directly. This is why users cannot know if the file is related to any program or application since they are not installing the service themselves.

However, some often found file names and processes get misused by malicious actors that want to deliver their threats on various machines. If the file is malicious, you might have installed that during software download initiated from p2p service or torrent site, during the freeware installation that includes additional programs and files.

Securityhealthsystray.exe termination should be considered before taking actions

You can remove securityhealthsystray.exe when you are sure that the duplicate file or the executable that you find bothering you is malicious. Tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes can determine if the machine is affected by malicious programs or that any cyber threats run on your device. 

Securityhealthsystray.exe virus might be one of those detections and malicious program indications. You need to follow the steps suggested in the program window. Do not think too much when the AV tool is quarantining anything or stating that the machine is affected.

When you rely on the automatic anti-malware tools and procedures that clean the machine from viruses, you can be sure that securityhealthsystray.exe removal is also performed when the file is dangerous. If not corrupted or affected, the file is going to run freely. As for the damage that trojans can cause – run ReimageIntego.

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Julie Splinters - Anti-malware specialist

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