What is Ikeymain.exe?

The genuine Ikeymain.exe file is a software component of A4Tech iKeyWorks by A4TECH.
Ikeymain.exe is an executable file that belongs to iKeyWorks, a driver and utility software for A4Tech keyboards that lets users map and control keyboard hotkeys as well as set up macro controls. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. A4Tech is a Taiwanese company that designs and manufactures computer peripherals devices and multimedia equipment such as speakers, keyboards, mice, and webcams. The company was founded in 1987 and is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. A4Tech has subsidiaries in China, Germany, the US and the UK. It currently employs more than 3000 people.

iKeyMain stands for iKeyWorks Main User Interface

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 Ikeymain.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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Ikeymain.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software A4Tech iKeyWorks Software or iKeyWorks or Kensington Keyboard or AOpen iKeyWorks Ver by A4Tech Co. (

Description: Ikeymain.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ikeymain.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,440 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 65,536 bytes, 73,728 bytes or 49,152 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Ikeymain.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could completely remove A4Tech iKeyWorks or iKeyWorks (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

It is an A4 tech software that controls all A4 RF keyboard special button assigments.
  Hugo Vaz  
It is a service for a Trust Keyboard
  Alasdair   (further information)
A4 Tech Software for Keyboard
Comes with Kensington multimedia keyboards to allow mapping and control of keyboard hotkeys.
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A4Tech iKeyworks Office

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Summary: Average user rating of Ikeymain.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 7 users think Ikeymain.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Ikeymain issues

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