What is ATKOSD.exe?

The genuine ATKOSD.exe file is a software component of ATK Hotkey Utility by ASUS.
ATK Hotkey Utility is a program that lets users modify the behaviour of keyboard function keys. Executable files contain instructions necessary for programs to run. ATKOSD.exe runs processes necessary for the optimal functioning of the ASUS ATK Hotkey Utility. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The ATK Hotkey Utility comes preinstalled on certain laptops manufactured by ASUS. The program enables users to change the behaviour of the keyboard's function (FN) keys, and even allows a combination of keypresses to trigger certain actions. This program usually runs as a background service and is run at system startup. ASUS is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. ASUS was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

ATkOsD stands for ASUSTek On-screen Display

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 ATKOSD.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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ATKOSD.exe file information

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

The process known as ATKOSD belongs to software ATK0100 or ATK Hotkey or ATK Package or ASUS ATKOSD or Packard Bell ImageWriter by ASUS ( or ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC (

Description: ATKOSD.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ATKOSD.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows—generally C:\Windows\atk0100\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,170,880 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 2,379,776 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The ATKOSD.exe file is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. ATKOSD.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ATKOSD.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ATKOSD.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ATKOSD.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

Hotkey & OSD driver for Asus Notebook (M6N series)
  Michal Bernat   (further information)
It is "ATK0100 ACPI Control Driver" which can be found in Driver Disk
It´s a keyboard On-Screen-Display
  Thomas   (further information)
its on screen display program... ASUS asustek... belongs to power saving programs
Hotkey & OSD driver for Asus Notebook
Provides the Fn key support and HUD for different modes (ie: LCD on, Brightness down, up etc...)
ACPI Control Driver
  Quiosque Virtual   (further information)
Loaction on hard drive: C:\Program files\ATK Hotkey
hotkeys driver for asus notebook
Works with hcontrol.exe on asus computers (function keys)
steuert notebook funktionen fn+...
  Mr. Lolz  
laptop steuerfunktion fn+ *

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Summary: Average user rating of ATKOSD.exe: based on 21 votes with 12 user comments. 11 users think ATKOSD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ATKOSD issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ATKOSD. 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 ATKOSD.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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