What is HotkeyService.exe?

The genuine HotkeyService.exe file is a software component of ATK Hotkey Utility by ASUSTeK.
HotkeyService.exe is an executable file that belongs to ATK Hotkey Utility, a program that lets users modify what the function keys found on the keyboard. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. The ATK Hotkey Utility comes preinstalled on certain laptops manufactured by ASUS. The program enables users to change the behaviour of the keyboard's function (FN) keys, and even allows a combination of keypresses to trigger certain actions. This program usually runs as a background service and is run at system startup. Asus is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. Asus was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

HotkeyService stands for ASUS Hotkey Service

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 HotkeyService.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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HotkeyService.exe file information

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

The process known as Asus Eee PC ACPI Service or Asus Eee PC Hotkey Service belongs to software Hotkey or Control Center or Super Hybrid Engine by CLEVO CO or ASUSTeK Computer (

Description: HotkeyService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HotkeyService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 23,552 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 1,263,024 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The HotkeyService.exe file is not a Windows core file. HotkeyService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Hotkey or Control Center occur, you may also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify HotkeyService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HotkeyService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HotkeyService.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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Best practices for resolving HotkeyService issues

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