What is sHotKey.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 sHotKey.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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SHotKey.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sHotKey
SHotKey.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SHOTKEY belongs to software Chicony HOTKEY Driver for WinXP MCE or Chicony HOTKEY Driver for Sony by Chicony (

Description: SHotKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file sHotKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\SONY\sHotKey\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 45,056 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The sHotKey.exe file is able to record keyboard inputs. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 99% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with sHotKey.exe, you may also completely remove NeuroFax EEG-1000/9100/9200 or Greyware Registry Rearguard (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify sHotKey.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sHotKey.exe. Therefore, you should check the sHotKey.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 have a SONY Vaio and have this item in my Start Up menu. I can not delete this file. Is it necessary?
  John Bowman
its for poeple that own windows media center edtion
This file has been on my computer and has adverse affects on the system slowwwed reaction
multimedia- keyboard driver
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Summary: Average user rating of sHotKey.exe: based on 4 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think sHotKey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade sHotKey.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sHotKey issues

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