What is PHotkey.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 PHotkey.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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PHotkey.exe file information

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

The process known as OEM Hotkey or Pegatron Hotkey belongs to software PHotkey by Pegatron or PEGATRON CORPORATION (

Description: PHotkey.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PHotkey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 826,880 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 844,288 bytes and 19 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The PHotkey.exe file is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. PHotkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ PHotkey.

Recommended: Identify PHotkey.exe related errors

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

notwendig zum betreiben der zusätzlichen Schnellzugriffstasten , z.B. an meinem Medion-Laptop...(WLAN-EIN/AUS)(SOUND ON/OFF)(PLAY/PAUSE) etc... Ist ein WIN7 Laptop nach Update auf WIN8 und ohne PHotkey funktionieren diese Tasten nicht mehr...
Hintergrundprogramm für Extratasten bei Laptops und Netbooks (Lautstärkeregelung, Mediensteuerung usw.)
notwendig aus Erfahrung(kann am Modell-Hersteller liegen)jedenfalls bei mir da dieser Laptop auch ein Obergenannter ist.
notwendig zum Betreiben der Schnellzugriffstasten. Bei meinem Medion-Laptop "lebenswichtig" da dieser "Driver" den WLAN-Adapter aktiviert. Die Wirkung kann man mit diversen Tuning-Apps testen indem man PHotkey deaktiviert (nicht deinstalliert - das macht Probleme und kann nur mit Systemwiederherstellungspunkt behoben werden).
  Hermann   (further information)
It came pre-installed on my Medion laptop(bought from Aldi)Personally I find it useful,eg when I press the Fn key it opens a menu providing shortcuts,eg sleep function,wireless on/off,display brightness,audio volume etc.I have just re-installd it as for some reason it had stopped working.To me it is something I wouldn't like to be without.My recommendation-if your computer has an Fn button-go for it.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of PHotkey.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think PHotkey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks PHotkey.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving PHotkey issues

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

To help you analyze the PHotkey.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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