What is CeEKey.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 CeEKey.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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CeEKey.exe file information

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

The process known as TOSHIBA HotKey Utility or Hot Key Utility belongs to software TOSHIBA Hotkey Utility or EKey Application by COMPAL ELECTRONIC INC (

Description: CeEKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file CeEKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\toshiba\e-key\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 638,976 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 675,840 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. CeEKey.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ TOSHIBA Hotkey Utility or E-KEY.

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

for toshiba hotkeys
this exe handles all Toshiba funtion key shortcuts
  S Laha   (further information)
Ok, never mind, it's a program to run some of the function keys. You probably need it on.
I think it's for the sound section on Toshiba laptops? Currently have it disabled and nothing seems to be missing. But I don't use those audio buttons.

Summary: Average user rating of CeEKey.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think CeEKey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving CeEKey issues

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