What is shtctky.exe?

The genuine shtctky.exe file is a software component of Lenovo On Screen Display by Lenovo Group.
"Shtctky.exe" is Lenovo's ThinkPad Message Receiver for Shortcut Hot Keys. It has a companion DLL ("shtctky.dll") called the "Message Transmitter". Both are part of a 20-program suite used by "tponscr.exe" to control On-Screen Display (OSD), an accessibility option for hearing-impaired users that displays visual indicators and/or text on screen. When a shortcut hotkey (such as "Fn +" another key) defined by Lenovo or the user is pressed, appropriate code is executed in "shtctky.dll" to "transmit" a message which "shtctky.exe" receives and puts on the screen. Lenovo, founded in Beijing in 1984 and now China's largest computer manufacturer, acquired IBM's Personal Computer Division in 2004 and is now #231 of the Fortune 500.

ShtCtKy stands for ThinkPad Short Cut Hot Key Message Receiver

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 shtctky.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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Shtctky.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shtctky
Shtctky.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ThinkPad Message Receiver for Shortcut Hot Keys belongs to software On Screen Display or Lenovo Dependency Package by Lenovo Group (

Description: Shtctky.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Shtctky.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 100,856 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 92,152 bytes and 7 more variants. 
It is a Verisign signed file. The program has no visible window. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The shtctky.exe file is not a Windows core file. Shtctky.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with shtctky.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of On Screen Display or Anzeige am Bildschirm (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify shtctky.exe related errors

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

Programm: On screen display Entwickler: Lenovo Group Limited Beschreibung: ThinkPad Message Receiver for Shortcut Hot Keys Prozess für Lenove/ThinkPad Shortcut Hot Keys
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Summary: Average user rating of shtctky.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving shtctky issues

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