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What is HotkeyApp.exe?

HotkeyApp.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if HotkeyApp.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

HotkeyApp.exe file information

The process known as HotkeyApp belongs to software Wistron HotkeyApp or Launch Manager or Micros Fidelio Opera Print by Wistron (www.wistron.com).

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 7/XP are 49,152 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 192,512 bytes and 25 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/hotkeyapp.exe.html 
The HotkeyApp.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program is not visible. HotkeyApp.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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 7/Vista), contact www.acer.com Customer Service or verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify HotkeyApp.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "HotkeyApp" can run at start up. Part of Acer Launch Manager - programmable keys on such laptops as the TravelMate 610

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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