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What is mHotkey.exe?

The genuine mHotkey.exe file is a software component of Chicony Multimedia Driver by Chicony. The Hotkey application for Chicony multimedia keyboards, this application runs as a background process and allows your computer to interpret various shortcut keys on your Chicory keyboard. The Chicory shortcuts are all multimedia functions, ranging from volume control to automatically opening multimedia programs. If this software is disabled or removed, your keyboard will still function, but the shortcut keys will cease working. Founded in 1983, Chicony is based in Taiwan and is an international producer of computer peripheral devices.

MHotkey stands for Multimedia Hotkey

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 mHotkey.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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MHotkey.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mHotkey
MHotkey.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/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: MACHINE\Run, Run). MHotkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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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.

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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.
  Liz  
mHotkey(.dll .exe) keyboard interpreter, many times used to relay skypke voip packets (even if you are not a skypke user)
  jvp  
Notebook hotkey driver - problems with it
  NO-Y-L  
Controller program for the emachines kb series keyboards
   
It's for my eMachine Computer Keyboard
  StEC  
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
  Hitsche1965  
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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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Best practices for resolving mHotkey issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mHotkey. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 mHotkey.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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