What is AccessL.exe?

The genuine AccessL.exe file is a software component of Chicony Keyboard Layout Manager by Chicony.
The Chicony Keyboard Layout Manager is a key-mapping utility useful for modifying the layout of the keyboard. AccessL.exe runs the Hotkey Access Loader. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Chicony Keyboard Layout Manager is a program that is pre-installed on certain desktop and laptop computers. The program offers extended functionality to hardware buttons supported through the HID (human interface device) such as a keyboard. The program can be used to modify the keyboard layout and save modified layouts to user-profiles. Chicony is a Taiwanese company that designs and develops electronic components for numerous original equipment manufacturers. The company is best known for its motherboards designed for notebooks and personal computers. Chicony also manufactures mobile and desktop keyboards, and integrated digital cameras for desktops for clients such as Dropcam, HP, GoPro, Google and Lenovo. The company was founded in 1983 and is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

AccessL stands for Hotkey Access Loader

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AccessL.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AccessL.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AccessL
AccessL.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AccessL belongs to software Hotkey Driver or Lenovo Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard Hotkey Driver by Chicony ( or Lenovo (

Description: AccessL.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AccessL.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 53,248 bytes or 58,920 bytes. 
The program is not visible. AccessL.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If AccessL.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 60,928 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 67,408 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Lenovo Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint or ThinkPad Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint occur, you can uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Important: Some malware disguises itself as AccessL.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the AccessL.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It might be related to a wireless keyboard app in XP according to ZA
This is actually associated with Lenovo machines.

Summary: Average user rating of AccessL.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AccessL issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AccessL. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AccessL.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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