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What is nvhotkey.dll?

Part of NVIDIA Hotkey Service, Version 186.21 by NVIDIA

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How does nvhotkey.dll run?

Process - nvhotkey.dll is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. nvhotkey.dll is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does nvhotkey.dll start?

Startup files (all users) run - nvhotkey.dll is registered with the run identifier 'NVHotkey' and the execution command 'rundll32.exe C:\Windows\system32\nvHotkey.dll,Start' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.
NVIDIA Hotkey Service, Version 186.21 is loaded by:


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the nvhotkey.dll process running.Of the 0.2% of nvhotkey.dll users, 17.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is nvhotkey.dll?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
          2.39 MB RAM11.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
              18 GDI objects12.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

About NVIDIA Corporation

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File details

File name: nvhotkey.dll
Publisher: NVIDIA Corporation (verified)
Name: NVIDIA Hotkey Service, Version 186.21
Description: NVIDIA Hotkey Service, Version 186.21
Size: 90.53 KB
Original file name: nvHotkey.dll

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 8/7/2007
Expiration date: 9/2/2009

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000335717%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000335717%
User CPU: 0%
Privileged CPU time: 15.6 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 52,772,220
CPU cycle count /min: 45,794
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 55.9 MB
Peak committed memory: 56.15 MB
Paged memory: 2.39 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.45 MB
Paged system memory: 108.88 KB
Non-paged system memory: 2.84 KB
Working set memory: 348 KB
Peak working set memory: 3.84 MB
Min working set memory: 132 KB
Private memory: 2.39 MB
Page faults: 1,222
Page faults /min: 1
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 18
USER objects: 6
Handle count average: 45
Thread count average: 1
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" C:\Windows\system32\nvHotkey.dll,Start

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: NVHotkey
Command: rundll32.exe C:\Windows\system32\nvHotkey.dll,Start

Image hashes

MD5: 060c93d0482d5afd7adc26a1a4274ac9
SHA-1: 4614edee121bdbe7fbb0d68045688ec113fcebb2
SHA-256: d04478c93a7ad1684d8d08a0f29d34bbcfb9a4c672b3ba5ce6a6cec9c1e024da

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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