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 zHotkey.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.
Description: ZHotkey.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ZHotkey.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 543,232 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 550,912 bytes, 547,840 bytes, 496,640 bytes or 515,584 bytes.
ZHotkey.exe is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. ZHotkey.exe is able to record keyboard inputs. There is no description of the program. ZHotkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 94% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as zHotkey.exe. Therefore, you should check the zHotkey.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with zHotkey. 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.
To help you analyze the zHotkey.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.