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What does the autotkit.exe file do?

We are unfortunately unable to provide any details about the the producer and its related software. There is simply nothing available. However, you can read about what the AUTOTKIT.EXE process does elsewhere on this page. An obsolete or defective version of autotkit.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about autotkit.exe AUTOTKIT.EXE

autotkit.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file autotkit.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\hp\bin\). The file size is 53,248 bytes.
This autotkit program is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. It does not supply any version information or other description. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. For this reason, 36% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves autotkit.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about autotkit?

Supposedly an HP related file
According to the HP Support website, the purpose of this utility is “to position the HP ToolKit icon [on IE] after the first time the computer is started”. It sounds like it is supposed to remove itself after running the first time. HP provides a fix that simply removes the utility from the startup process. (further information...)

Summary: 3 users judge autotkit.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall unknown

autotkit.exe AUTOTKIT.EXE fix

To remove AUTOTKIT.EXE from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for unknown in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if autotkit.exe (AUTOTKIT.EXE) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of AUTOTKIT.EXE. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AUTOTKIT.EXE or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or autotkit.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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