What does the hotkey.exe file do?
The hotkey.exe process is also known as Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard or, as the case may be, TinianFn and is a part of Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard or, as the case may be, TinianFn. This software is produced by Lenovo (www.lenovo.com) or, as the case may be, JME. An obsolete or defective version of hotkey.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- hotkey.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module hotkey.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about hotkey.exe Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard
hotkey.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Hotkey.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
The file size is 118,784 bytes.
This particular software is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The hotkey file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. For this reason, 58% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A hotkey.exe file has a 48% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 114,688 bytes (44% of all these files), 225,280 bytes as well as 17 other variants.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This hotkey.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders).
Hotkey.exe is capable of record keystrokes.
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 hotkey.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 hotkey?
|Enables special keys on Chicony keyboards. Special combinations include Internet, E-mail, vol+, vol-, mute, etc. Only required for extended features |
|ASUS utility used for mapping special keys on a laptop |
|want it out of pc |
|enables keys on flatbed-scanner; Name: PrimaxOne Touch MFC Application; (Path: %windir%\Twain_32\FladBed\HotKey.exe) |
|It's part of the TWAIN-support drivers for the scanner-drivers (installed as part of camera software, under C:\winnt\twain_32). I removed it, since I don't have a scanner. |
Summary: 11 users judge hotkey.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted hotkey.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard or TinianFn
To remove Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard or TinianFn in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if hotkey.exe (Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard) 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 Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Lenovo Black Silk USB Keyboard 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 hotkey.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.