What is WinKey.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 WinKey.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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WinKey.exe file information

The process known as WinKey.exe belongs to software WinKey by unknown.

Description: WinKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file WinKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 99,840 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The WinKey.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall WinKey software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

Redirects WinKeys
  acenoid   (further information)
it's not dangerous if you installed winkey.
create keyboard shortcuts using the Windows key
    (further information)
create keyboard shortcuts using the Windows key
It's a WinKey program, allows to launch applications using Win+Anything shortcuts
It is a harmless tool to map keys to commands
  Cur8or   (further information)
Avast 4.8 recognises it as a rootkit virus
Erlaubt es Shortcuts f├╝r Windows Befehle zu erstellen!!!
  Wolfgang M   (further information)
Hilfreiches Tool, um mit Tastaturk├╝rzeln schneller zu arbeiten - nutze ich seit Jahren.
  Tim G.   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of WinKey.exe: based on 10 votes with 9 user comments. 7 users think WinKey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving WinKey issues

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