What is GWHotKey.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 GWHotKey.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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GWHotKey.exe file information

The process known as Multi-function Keyboard By Bill Pytlovany belongs to software Gateway Multi-function Keyboard Utility by BillP Studios (

Description: GWHotKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GWHotKey.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,361 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 98,304 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). GWHotKey.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as GWHotKey.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the GWHotKey.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

a Gateway file. Not a neccessary file for the basic functions
  Steve Wolfe  
It controls one key applications on Gateway Keyboards
Part of gateway pre-loaded software
  Archie McDowall  

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Summary: Average user rating of GWHotKey.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 5 users think GWHotKey.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 GWHotKey issues

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