What is CNYHKey.exe?

The genuine CNYHKey.exe file is a software component of Chicony Keyboard Layout Manager by Creative.
The Chicony Keyboard Layout Manager is a key-mapping utility useful for modifying the layout of the keyboard. CNYHKey.exe runs is a process required to run wireless peripheral devices. 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.

CnyHkey stands for Chicony Hotkey manager

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 CNYHKey.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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CNYHKey.exe file information

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

The process known as Creative Multimedia Driver or Chicony Multimedia Driver or Chicony Keyboard Driver or HP LED INDICATOR or Chicony Multimedia Keyboard Driver or WUG-0858 (ASUS) LED Indicator

belongs to software Creative Multimedia Driver or Chicony Multimedia Driver or Chicony Keyboard Driver or Multimedia Driver or HP MAINSTREAM KEYBOARD or HP Keyboard or Eee WKB

by Creative ( or Chicony ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: CNYHKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CNYHKey.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,794,816 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 339,968 bytes and 9 more variants. 
CNYHKey.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. CNYHKey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If CNYHKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 47% dangerous. The file size is 2,068,992 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 2,101,248 bytes, 2,069,504 bytes, 1,555,968 bytes or 699,392 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. CNYHKey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Chicony provides direct support ( and update information ( You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramChicony Multimedia Keyboard Driver.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CNYHKey.exe. Therefore, you should check the CNYHKey.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

Harmless - required for the KB / Mouse
its a program for a wirelass keyboard
software for wireless keyboard
Ungefährlich! Medion Tastaturen...
found CNYHKey in start up after install. wireless keyboard and mouse
Medion Keyboard Software
keyboard völlig ungefährlich
this is a wireless keyboard software
Medion tastaurtreiber
Harmlos. funktastatur/Maus Medion
  Night Hawk  
Wireless keyboard and mouse software
Medion Keyboard Software Ungefährlich!
Creative wireless Keyboard driver
keyboardfile ... mostly harmless ...
Medion Keyboard Software
Medion tastaturtreiber
Creative wireless Keyboard driver
  System Administrator  
this is wireless keyboard
This makes my WoW minimize every time I hit the "Num Lock" key. I have ended the process to make it stop, but I just want to uninstall it altoghether without having to quarantine it.
Medion Keyboard Software Ungefährlich!
needed for wireless keyboard and mouse (if using HP's)
Stops Microchip PICkit software from recognising the USB port.

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Summary: Average user rating of CNYHKey.exe: based on 30 votes with 23 user comments. 23 users think CNYHKey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade CNYHKey.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving CNYHKey issues

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