How to remove the mcthookkey virus

Most antivirus programs identify mcthookkey.dll as malware.

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Mcthookkey.dll file information

The process known as MCTHOOKKEY appears to belong to software MCT MCTHOOKKEY by MCT.

Description: Mcthookkey.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mcthookkey.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 214,392 bytes (92% of all occurrences) or 208,896 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The mcthookkey.dll file is able to record keyboard inputs. The mcthookkey.dll file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Mcthookkey.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous.

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If mcthookkey.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 86% dangerous. The file size is 210,296 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 215,680 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. There is no detailed description of this service. It is able to record keyboard inputs. It is not a Windows system file. Mcthookkey.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: You should check the mcthookkey.dll 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 mcthookkey issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mcthookkey process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the mcthookkey.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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