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What is HKWnd.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 HKWnd.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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HKWnd.exe file information

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

The process known as HotKey Client belongs to software HotKey Utility or HotKey Client by Sony (www.sony.com).

Description: HKWnd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file HKWnd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Sony\HotKey Utility\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 266,240 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 274,432 bytes and 6 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/hkwnd.exe.html 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The HKWnd.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with HKWnd.exe, you may want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > HotKey Utility).

Recommended: Identify HKWnd.exe related errors

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

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User Comments

hkwnd.exe is a process found on Sony Vaio notebooks which allows configuration for the special keys on this range of laptops. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference.
  josh  
VAIO HotKey Utility
  Don  
hkwnd.exe is a process found on Sony Vaio notebooks which allows configuration for the special keys on this range of laptops. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference.
  MRW  
Sony Laptop volume, Light, Zoom control software
  A. K.  
process on Sony Vaio notebooks, allows configuration for special keys on this range of laptops
  J  

Summary: Average user rating of HKWnd.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think HKWnd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.


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Best practices for resolving HKWnd issues

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