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Is mHotkey.exe safe?

MHotkey.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if mHotkey.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

MHotkey.exe file information

The process known as Chicony Multimedia Driver or Multimedia Keyboard Driver or Chicony Multimedia USB Driver or Creative Multimedia Driver belongs to software Chicony Multimedia Driver or Multimedia Keyboard Driver or Creative Multimedia Driver by Chicony (www.chicony.com) or Creative (www.creative.com).

Description: MHotkey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. mHotkey.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 477,184 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 472,576 bytes and 45 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/mhotkey.exe.html 
It is not a Windows system file. MHotkey.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). MHotkey.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:

  • "CHotKey" can run at start up. Enables special keys on Chicony keyboards. Special combinations include Internet, E-mail, vol+, vol-, mute, etc. Only required for extended features

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

its a nusance on my computer get it off
  henry marting  
I downloaded the 9900 keyboard driver directly from Chicony, but Comodo identifies that it carries a virus: Application.Win32.Hooker (a Trojan that steals passwords). I don't know if I should quarantine or delete it.
mHotkey(.dll .exe) keyboard interpreter, many times used to relay skypke voip packets (even if you are not a skypke user)
Notebook hotkey driver - problems with it
Controller program for the emachines kb series keyboards
It's for my eMachine Computer Keyboard
is also used on the creative kpa1 multimedia keyboard
  jose rivera  
Found with Kaspersky Internet Security after Installation from Chicony keyboard driver for KB9885-17.05.2007 19:09:41 Datei: c:\system volume information\_restore{5e7acc4b-871d-4e23-b946-a14ddded2a11}\rp5\a0001295.dll gefunden: potentiell gefährliche Software not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.Hooker.e
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mHotkey.exe: based on 32 votes with 9 reviews.
21 users think mHotkey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think mHotkey.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade mHotkey.exe ("not sure about it").

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