What is shortkey.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 shortkey.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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Shortkey.exe file information

The process known as ShortKeys, a Windows text replacement program belongs to software ShortKeys (version 2, 3) by Insight Software Solutions (

Description: Shortkey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The shortkey.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,419,224 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 2,302,976 bytes, 646,656 bytes, 1,590,272 bytes or 2,017,792 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. There is no description of the program. The shortkey.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Shortkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall ShortKeys 3 or ShortKeys 2, or ask Support team for help. Go to ShortKeys 3 or ShortKeys 2 in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or go to for Customer Support.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as shortkey.exe. Therefore, you should check the shortkey.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 Macro assistant, Spyware Free
  Troy Hanson   (further information)
Allow key macro. I have bought it for some years ago, and it is working without problems

Summary: Average user rating of shortkey.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think shortkey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving shortkey issues

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