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What is hotkey.exe?

Part of HotKey

What is it?

The Hotkey utility is a system program that controls the use of special functions key, or hotkeys on many OEM laptops.
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How does hotkey.exe run?

Process - hotkey.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. hotkey.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does hotkey.exe start?

User start menu folder - The shortcut file hotkey.lnk is loaded in the user's Startup folder (%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\) that points to the executable hotkey.exe. The startup folder contains programs that automatically start when Windows starts for the logged in user.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the hotkey.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of hotkey.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is hotkey.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU91.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
21.66 MB RAM100.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
118 GDI objects78.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\hotkey\hotkey.exe

Are there other versions of HotKey?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)
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File details

File name: hotkey.exe
Name: HotKey
Description: HotKey
Size: 4.53 MB
Original file name: HotKey.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001176768%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001084888%
User CPU: 0.00000918797555%
Privileged CPU time: 41921875 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,841,468,018
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 238.08 MB
Peak committed memory: 245.91 MB
Paged memory: 21.66 MB
Peak paged memory: 27.18 MB
Paged system memory: 377.53 KB
Non-paged system memory: 27.23 KB
Working set memory: 20.34 MB
Peak working set memory: 35.8 MB
Min working set memory: 17.3 MB
Private memory: 21.66 MB
Page faults: 325,700
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 23
Total read transfer: 158.62 KB
Total other operations: 587,883
Total other transfer: 11.28 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 118
Peak GDI objects: 127
USER objects: 91
Peak USER objects: 98
Handle count average: 438
Thread count average: 10

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Hotkey\Hotkey.exe"

User start menu folder details

Name: hotkey.exe

Image hashes

MD5: c8cc77fc2f02ed47097c4e74d6b7cf31
SHA-1: 6e8e655d278b340cb486bf7d4795a57cc28ea1cc

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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