What is Printkey.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 Printkey.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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Printkey.exe file information

The process known as PrintKey English or Printkey belongs to software PrintKey FreeWare Version or PrintKey by Fred's Software ( or Fred's Software Company.

Description: Printkey.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Printkey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 517,120 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 589,824 bytes or 455,680 bytes. 
The Printkey.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). Printkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Printkey.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 41% dangerous. The file size is 589,824 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 872,448 bytes or 520,192 bytes. The file is not a Windows system file. Printkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

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Printkey is a great piece of software to capture screen shots. It worked well with Win7. My laptop is now Win10 and the image gets enlarged so the software is not working as it did on Win7. The images are too large. What you see is not what you get.
  Tony King  

Summary: Average user rating of Printkey.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Printkey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Printkey issues

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