What is hkvolkey.DLL?

Hkvolkey.DLL is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if hkvolkey.DLL is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Hkvolkey.DLL file information

The process known as vk detecter for volume up/down keys belongs to software On Screen Display or On screen display or Activate Wireless Wan or Anzeige am Bildschirm or Display su Schermo by Lenovo Group (

Description: Hkvolkey.DLL is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hkvolkey.DLL is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 79,224 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 69,720 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. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The hkvolkey.DLL file is able to record keyboard inputs. The file is not a Windows system file. Hkvolkey.DLL is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 85% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Lenovo provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ On Screen Display or Anzeige am Bildschirm).

Recommended: Identify hkvolkey.DLL related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hkvolkey.DLL. Therefore, you should check the hkvolkey.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

It is in Lenovo folder, maybe okey...
It is part of ThinkPad Hotkey Features Utility from Lenovo
  Dilbert Smith   (further information)
It allows you to use the volume buttons on a lenovo laptop
volume hotkey, perhaps? found in lenovo hotkey folder
  Ernest Lehmann   (further information)
Lenovo Volume Hotkey
  Joerg Haring  
Part of Lenovo
  Per Morten Sandstad   (further information)
dont be fooled by STaskMgr's 100% rating, ill conferm its the volume hotkey controls
hey, I've got this in Lenovo folder/ hotkey. so hopefully it's really for hotkeys....
Lenovo's volume up/down hotkey .dll.
Part of the HotKey features on certain models of ThinkPads. This file controls the on-screen display when the up and down volume is used
  JimH   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of hkvolkey.DLL: based on 12 votes with 10 user comments. 10 users think hkvolkey.DLL is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade hkvolkey.DLL ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hkvolkey issues

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