What is autotkit.exe?

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 autotkit.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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Autotkit.exe file information

The process AUTOTKIT.EXE contains no information about its author.

Description: Autotkit.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file autotkit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\hp\bin\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 53,248 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Supposedly an HP related file
According to the HP Support website, the purpose of this utility is “to position the HP ToolKit icon [on IE] after the first time the computer is started”. It sounds like it is supposed to remove itself after running the first time. HP provides a fix that simply removes the utility from the startup process.
  Doug   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of autotkit.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think autotkit.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving autotkit issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with autotkit. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the autotkit.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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