What is RCHotKey.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 RCHotKey.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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RCHotKey.exe file information

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

The process known as RC Hot Key Launcher belongs to software RingCentral Call Controller or RingCentral Softphone by RingCentral (

Description: RCHotKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. RCHotKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 38,144 bytes, 18,944 bytes or 39,216 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with RCHotKey.exe, you may want to remove the entire program RingCentral Call Controller or RingCentral Softphone using Windows Control Panel or ask the software vendor, [1][2], for advice.

Recommended: Identify RCHotKey.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as RCHotKey.exe. Therefore, you should check the RCHotKey.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 part of the Ring Central Program which integrates 800 phone and fax numbers with online notification, E-mail messaging and fax services. The Hot Key feature is to allow you to fax a document from any location. I have had the Service for a few Years and monitor outgoing traffic fairly well I have not seen any suspicious behavior however normal Warnings apply
  Provictus Basileus   (further information)
Ringcentral virtual PBX
It is part of an internet fax program. Cheap, effective internet fax service
  Coach George   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of RCHotKey.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think RCHotKey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving RCHotKey issues

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