What is HotKeyMon.exe?

The genuine HotKeyMon.exe file is a software component of ATK Hotkey by ASUSTeK Computer.
A background process for a version of the ATK HotKey, this application monitors the keyboard input for specific shortcuts that are preconfigured by you. The Hotkey interface allows you to assign additional functions or features to keyboard strokes. As this application runs, if it detects one of the shortcuts assigned in the main Hotkey interface, it will automatically perform the appropriate function. ASUSTek Computer was founded in 1989 in Taiwan. It is currently the fifth largest PC vendor in the world.

HotKeyMon stands for Hot Key Monitor

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 HotKeyMon.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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HotKeyMon.exe file information

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

The process known as AsEPCMon belongs to software Super Hybrid Engine by ASUSTeK Computer (

Description: HotKeyMon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The HotKeyMon.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 100,328 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 101,288 bytes, 95,744 bytes or 101,800 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. HotKeyMon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with HotKeyMon.exe, you can do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Super Hybrid Engine or USBCharge+ using Windows Control Panel
  2) ask the software vendor, [1][2], for advice.

Recommended: Identify HotKeyMon.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HotKeyMon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HotKeyMon.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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Summary: Average user rating of HotKeyMon.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving HotKeyMon issues

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

To help you analyze the HotKeyMon.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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