What is Printkey2000.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 Printkey2000.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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Printkey2000.exe file information

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Printkey2000.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PrintKey2000 or PrintKey belongs to software PrintKey or PrintKey2000 by Fred's Software (

Description: Printkey2000.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Printkey2000.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 869,376 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 794,112 bytes. 
There is no file information. The Printkey2000.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). Printkey2000.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Sourceforge provides direct support ( You could safely remove the program using the uninstall program of jose or PrintKey2000 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If Printkey2000.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 633,856 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). File is hidden. The Printkey2000.exe file is not a Windows system file. Printkey2000.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Printkey2000.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Printkey2000.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

It is a screen capture program.
successfully have used
  Hal Kravig  
A screen capture and editing application. Harmless, useful and free
I find it quite useful. It's the only way I know of to "capture" part of an image or text to be able to just print that portion. The problem is, you can only "capture" what currently shows on your screen. Wondering if there is a newer version
Nice simple screen capture utility
  Dan Thompson  
My QA team of 40 testers all utilize this program. It will capture anything on a screen from the entire view to a blip. It can be copied directly into a word doc, and has proved to be an invaluable timesaver for our work. PrintKey2000 is no longer available for free, but is well worth the price. If you have it, however, it works just fine with XPPro most of the time. If it stops, just right click on the systray icon, select "Cleanup Registry and reset congfiguration..." and then reinvoke the exe. It's a marvelous program!
  QA Manager  
However, CA e-Trust says Tnega.VYJ is detected 1/28/2011
  L Callander  
It's a great program. I have used it for years on numerous computers. I especially like the fact that i can print only a small portion of a screen capture and then print it in specifics portions of the print page. I can then capture another page and print on the preious piece of paper in a different location. Very handy when I know I'll be in the desert and not have any cell coverage.
This is an invasive programme that is very difficult to delete. It is useless since Windows already has a print sceen function.
PrintKey program

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Summary: Average user rating of Printkey2000.exe: based on 18 votes with 10 user comments. 14 users think Printkey2000.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks Printkey2000.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Printkey2000 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Printkey2000. 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 Printkey2000.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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