How to remove the H@tKeysH@@k virus

Most antivirus programs identify H@tKeysH@@k.DLL as malware.

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H@tKeysH@@k.DLL file information

Little is known about the process, since there is no reference to the producer within the file.

Description: H@tKeysH@@k.DLL is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file H@tKeysH@@k.DLL is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 20,480 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The H@tKeysH@@k.DLL file is able to record keyboard inputs. The service has no detailed description. The H@tKeysH@@k.DLL file is not a Windows system file. H@tKeysH@@k.DLL is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the H@tKeysH@@k.DLL 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

AD-ware 2007 says its a keylogger
It is some kind of keylogger but it is harmless. It actually shows up if you use a trainer for a game.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\H@tKeysH@@k.DLL - Win32/Keylogger.HotKeysHook.A virus - action selection postponed until scan completion
Used frequently in Video Game trainers, to prove this. Run a scan, remove them. Re-scan they won't show up. Open and close trainer,then re-scan, it'll be there.
A program that runs in the background, recording all the keystrokes. Once keystrokes are logged, they are hidden in the machine for later retrieval, or shipped raw to the attacker. The attacker then peruses them carefully in the hopes of either finding passwords, or possibly other useful information that could be used to compromise the system or be used in a social engineering attack. Plz follow the link Provided for more info
  Neel   (further information)
It is dropped by the fake Microsoft security essentials trojan (Think Point And Palladium Pro). It Is In Your System Folder (For Example C:\Windows\System32H@tKeysH@@k.dll). This cannot be executed unless fake MSE is running.
first of all this file is used in whats called code injection for game trainers to freeze a or change a certian value in a game this file is harmless to prove this go to C:\windows\system32\ find the dll and remove it and if you want to cheat in a game then when you run a trainer it will put it back lol however there is a bad trojans under this name how ever if you got taht one you proble wouldnt be able to use your computer or credit cards for that matter but whit current technologies on virus scanning and removal no one should get it if they have current software
it can not be removed with malwarebytes premium software
H@tKeysH@@k.DLL was made for Trainer Maker Kit for windows 98. It would get pressed keys of users using hot keys for Game Trainers such as "AZ Yuri Hack 2.exe" older game trainers all used this dll file to hook hot keys
  AZGUNS   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of H@tKeysH@@k.DLL: based on 13 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 6 users think H@tKeysH@@k.DLL is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving H@tKeysH@@k issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active H@tKeysH@@k process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the H@tKeysH@@k.DLL on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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