What is HotkeyApp.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 HotkeyApp.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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HotkeyApp.exe file information

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

The process known as HotkeyApp belongs to software Wistron HotkeyApp or Launch Manager by Wistron (

Description: HotkeyApp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HotkeyApp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\—generally C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 192,512 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 200,704 bytes and 22 more variants. 
The HotkeyApp.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. HotkeyApp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with HotkeyApp.exe, you can uninstall Acer Launch Manager software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), contact Customer Service or verify that you have installed the latest version.

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

In my non brand laptop computer this app handles the volume keys
i've also got a laptop using this app, it manages the keys of the sound and other ones, this is not a spyware or keylogger
Dient der Short-cut kontrolle beim Laptop, same than DC's funktion. Nothing to worry about.
It's a hotkey management tool for notebook keyboards.
catches the function keys -that's why it is rated so high
It has been a trouble from day 1, shuts down the whole system
  Tom in Idaho  
this app has malfuncioned and has caused my laptop to shut itselfe down
  martin tilling  
I agree with hari, I have a Fujitsu siemens Amilo which has no switch for WLAN but uses HotKey as a software switch to activate the Atheros wireless network adapter. It's not digitally signed so Vista does not like!
it makes me have runtime error alot
Fujitsu Siemens use it to control the WiFi and it crashes when the laptop overheats and the processor shuts down so it looks like the app is at fault
  Theresa Forster  
Seems to be the program telling windows what to do when u for an example wanna turn volume down (push and hold FN down and then push the vollume) The keybord have to use some like this to know what u mean when u push the shortcuts c",)
  SirSchumii   (further information)
3rd party install for hot keys. often camouflaged with malware
I have a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop and it shuts the whole laptop down which is incredibly annoying. Thought I disabled it but it continues to shut my laptop down. Comes up with two pop-ups both saying something along the line of 'C++ runtime error, hotkeyapp.exe' then my laptop will shut down.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HotkeyApp.exe: based on 22 votes with 13 user comments. 11 users think HotkeyApp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HotkeyApp issues

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