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What’s SecurityHealthSystray.exe (Windows Security notification icon)? Is it safe or a virus?

SecurityHealthSystray.exe (Security Health System Tray) on Windows is responsible for providing users with information and alerts related to the security and health of their system. This includes notifications about Windows Defender and firewall status, as well as other security-related issues.

The systray.exe file runs in the Windows tray, allowing users to easily access and manage their security settings. It also provides quick access to Windows Security Center, where users can further review their system's overall security status.

As long as this well-known .exe is signed by Microsoft, it should be safe to have on your PC.

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Who makes SecurityHealthSystray.exe (Windows Security notification icon)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of SecurityHealthSystray.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: February 3, 2024

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