What is PowerBiosServer.exe?

The genuine PowerBiosServer.exe file is a software component of Hotkey by Clevo .
Hotkey is a program that lets users map and customize keyboard shortcuts. PowerBiosServer.exe is a process that is necessary for certain hardware functionality on Clevo laptops. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Hotkey is a preinstalled program that is shipped with laptops carrying a motherboard manufactured by Clevo. The program can be used to map and modify the hotkeys and shortcuts on the keyboard, such as mediakeys, volume, brightness, keyboard backlight and more. Hotkey is required to switch on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This program supports the Windows platform. Clevo is a Taiwanese company that specializes in the original design and manufacture of laptop computers. The brand also sells its laptop chassis to other OEMs. Clevo was established in 1983 and merged with Kapok in 1999. The company markets its products in over 50 countries and is currently ranked fourth in Taiwan with regard to value of exports. Clevo is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

PowerBIOSServer stands for Power and Basic Input Output Settings Server

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 PowerBiosServer.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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PowerBiosServer.exe file information

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

The process known as PowerBiosServer belongs to software Hotkey or Hotkey E by CLEVO CO.

Description: PowerBiosServer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PowerBiosServer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 46,592 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 35,328 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The PowerBiosServer.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with PowerBiosServer.exe, you can also uninstall the software Hotkey or Hotkey E using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify PowerBiosServer.exe related errors

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

PowerBiosServer.exe is a software that runs with hotkey.exe and are used on laptops with Clevo Inc. mainboards to control the hotkeys and shortcuts on the keyboard, like the mediakeys, volume, light etc. Without it, you can't turn on wifi or bluetooth.
  f1uke   (further information)
I disabled the service and I can still use my media keys like volume up, light, etc. doesn't seem to have affected anything.

Summary: Average user rating of PowerBiosServer.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks PowerBiosServer.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 PowerBiosServer issues

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