What is shklite.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 shklite.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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Shklite.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shklite
Shklite.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ShortKeys Lite or shortkey.exe belongs to software ShortKeys Lite by Insight Software Solutions (

Description: Shklite.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Shklite.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,747,392 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 2,290,688 bytes or 2,041,856 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. There is no file information. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The file is not a Windows core file. Shklite.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:
  1) uninstall ShortKeys Lite software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)
  2) turn to the software developer, Shortkeys, for advice.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as shklite.exe. Therefore, you should check the shklite.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

I believe the file is not harmless at all simply just a quiker way to type although it can keylog.
short keys light creates sentences when pressing a selected key instantly its not harmful
shklite.exe kann ein ganz harmloser Prozess sein und zwar ausgelöst durch das Programm SHORTKEYLITE. Das ist ein Programm um per verschiedener keys ganze Textpassagen zu erstellen. Bei mir läuft dieses Programm immer im Hintergrund. Das Programm kann jederzeit ganz normal deinstalliert werden.
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creates long sentences with a few key strokes

Summary: Average user rating of shklite.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think shklite.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 shklite issues

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