What is keyexp.exe?

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 keyexp.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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Keyexp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with keyexp
Keyexp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Keyboard Express, a Windows macro program or Keyboard Express belongs to software Keyboard Express (version 3) by Insight Software Solutions (

Description: Keyexp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Keyexp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,670,656 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 838,656 bytes or 779,776 bytes. 
Keyexp.exe is able to record keyboard inputs. It is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Keyexp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 85% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can ask Customer Support to assist you or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Keyboard Express 3 or Keyboard Express).

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If keyexp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 838,656 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The keyexp.exe file is able to record keyboard inputs. The keyexp.exe file is not a Windows core file. Keyexp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as keyexp.exe. Therefore, you should check the keyexp.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

used it for years
  Delbert Young  
Keyboard Express is a Windows macro utility.
  Richard J. Traynor   (further information)
A program for creating keyboard macros and shortcuts
  Mike Scarborough   (further information)
Dient der Erstellung von Tastatur-Shortcuts und -Makros, seit Jahren in Gebrauch, IMHO ungefährlich
  Peter Eichler  

Summary: Average user rating of keyexp.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think keyexp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving keyexp issues

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