What is HotKeys.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 HotKeys.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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HotKeys.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HotKeys
HotKeys.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Qliner Hotkeys or Hotkeys belongs to software Qliner Hotkeys by Qliner (

Description: HotKeys.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file HotKeys.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 45,056 bytes. 
The program is not visible. HotKeys.exe is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). HotKeys.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with HotKeys.exe, you may also visit the support page or completely remove Qliner Hotkeys or Hotkeys (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify HotKeys.exe related errors

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

Keyboard program assignment utility to launch programs
  John Palys   (further information)
It's a keyboard hook program that allows you to assign actions to WINKEY+key combinations. It has a GUI that is very easy to use and I've had it on all my computers for many years. It's an excellent tool.
  Reverend Jim  

Summary: Average user rating of HotKeys.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks HotKeys.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving HotKeys issues

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