What is HotkeyUtility.exe?

The genuine HotkeyUtility.exe file is a software component of Acer Hotkey Utility by Acer.
HotkeyUtility.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Acer Hotkey Utility, a program that lets users customize key-mappings, or configure functions assigned to every key on the keyboard. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Acer Hotkey Utility is a utility application that is designed to let users configure each key on the keyboard and what it does. The program can also be used to customize the special, or, 'FN' keys. The program also provides feedback to changes in volume, screen brightness levels and the Wi-Fi or the Bluetooth connection status. Acer was founded in 1976 by Stan Shih, Carolyn Yeh and five others as Multitech in 1976. It is a Taiwanese hardware and electronics giant that produces laptops, desktops, smart phones, displays, storage devices and peripherals. Acer was the fourth largest global vendor of personal computers in 2013 and generates an annual revenue of more than $16 billion. The company is headquartered in Xizhi, New Taipei City, Taiwan.

HotkeyUtility stands for Acer Hotkey Utility

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 HotkeyUtility.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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HotkeyUtility.exe file information

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

The process known as Hotkey Utility belongs to software Hotkey Utility by Acer (

Description: HotkeyUtility.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file HotkeyUtility.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 627,304 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 611,872 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The HotkeyUtility.exe file is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. HotkeyUtility.exe is a Verisign signed file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. HotkeyUtility.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Hotkey Utility, or ask the software vendor for support. Click on Hotkey Utility in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify HotkeyUtility.exe related errors

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

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