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What is ATKOSD2.exe?

The genuine ATKOSD2.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. ATKOSD2.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.

ATkOsD2 stands for ASUSTek On-screen Display (version 2)

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 ATKOSD2.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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ATKOSD2.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ATKOSD2
ATKOSD2.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ATKOSD2 belongs to software ATKOSD2 or ATK Package by ASUS (www.asus.com) or ASUSTek Computer (www.asus.com).

Description: ATKOSD2.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ATKOSD2.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,708,672 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 5,732,992 bytes and 24 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/atkosd2.exe.html 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application has no file description. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. ATKOSD2.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Asus provides direct support (support.asus.com). You could uninstall ATK Package or ATKOSD2 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If ATKOSD2.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 6,998,656 bytes. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. ATKOSD2.exe is digitally signed. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. ATKOSD2.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Asus provides direct support (support.asus.com). You could uninstall ATK Package from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ATKOSD2.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ATKOSD2.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.

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User Comments

To delete: open folder: create new folder - same name, remove .exe file into it. Rname the folder & delete it.
  Voiceh  
ATK HOtkey
   
it gives functionality to the Fn key (ie: Fn+Up arrow-- play)
  jbpg102  
There's very little information, but it appears to be an ASUS driver utility...
  Claire   (further information)
fhösn sk kdops
  dgk jdösiü  
ATKOSD2.EXE is reported to be an ASUS process having to do with the motherboard. See link included on this form.
  Cherie   (further information)
Asus ToolKit OSD2
   
its an acer thing
  ray   (further information)
included with my asus laptop, for fn key shortcuts.
  hawkins  
It's part of an ASUS driver (ATK Package), used for keyboard function keys (i.e. volume controls). It's harmless.
  mh  
It is an Asus utility for hot keys. It is essential for the keyboard mouse and hot keys to work on the asus
  Laurie   (further information)
It's harmless, and it lets you use the FN+F keys.
  Nekk1   (further information)
Used by the hotkey utility in ASUS products
  Silver_surfer  
dangerous
  jay  
This program manage the OSD(animated icons on screen) when you press FN button + F1, or F2.. F12 to control volume or others functions..
  Martin Martinez  
ATKOSD2 (and atkosd) are the onscreen displays for the Asus "power4gear" crapware that comes in Asus pcs. Mine went haywire, causing the "On AC Power" message and power pack icon to flash in center of screen non-stop until I ended the process... Going to uninstall power4gear now! Useless for mr!
  PD  
Its an essential utility on ASUS machines as it allows function keys to control volume
  Dave Pibworth  
It's harmfull
  danger  
ATKOSD2.exe causes my web browser to keep refreshing so I can't type or search. Extremely annoying.
  Andreas  
Seems to exhibit severe memory leaks, which can cause system instability after a time. Fn keys seem to work fine without this.
  Felix  
My laptop is ASUS K56 and it has an Ivy Bridge i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM and NVIDIA GT740M GPU, so it should be more than sufficient to display the 3D OSD. But it isn't. This implies bad coding from ASUS. The problem is that the 3D On-screen display (OSD) is a resource hog. Note that the 3D gives a big resource hit when your laptop is using a 5400RPM 2.5" mechanical HDD. The performance hit is negligible with SSD. Following my guide, You will replace the 3D OSD with 2D OSD, which will solve things the easy way. You will have an OSD for volume and display brightness setting information without lag and performance hit. The guide is fairly easy and only requires average computer knowledge. 1) Go to your ASUS ATK package location. Default is C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATKOSD2 2) backup ATKOSD2.exe (put it in an archive - zip or rar) 3) delete ATKOSD2.exe (if in use, End Task in Task Manager) 4) Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey 5) copy ATKOSD.exe 6) Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATKOSD2 7) paste ATKOSD.exe 8) rename ATKOSD.exe to ATKOSD2.exe 9) Open ATKOSDMgr.exe from C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATKOSD2 and tick "Enable ASUS On-screen Display" 10) Restart and your 3D OSD will be replaced with 2D OSD!
  Karlz3r  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ATKOSD2.exe: based on 31 votes with 21 user comments. 13 users think ATKOSD2.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 11 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think ATKOSD2.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade ATKOSD2.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving ATKOSD2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ATKOSD2. 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 ATKOSD2.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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