What does the keyhook.exe file do?
The keyhook.exe process is also known as SiS Compatible Super VGA Keyboard Daemon and is a part of SiS Compatible Super VGA Keyboard Daemon or, as the case may be, Launch Manager. This software is produced by Silicon Integrated Systems (www.sis.com). An obsolete or defective version of keyhook.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- keyhook.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- keyhook.exe 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)
- keyhook.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module keyhook.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about keyhook.exe keyhook.exe
keyhook.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file keyhook.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory (often C:\WINDOWS\system32\ respectively C:\Program Files\ACER\Launch Manager\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 249,856 bytes (51% of all these files), 32,768 bytes, 241,664 bytes, 28,672 bytes or, as the case may be, 36,864 bytes.
The keyhook file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This keyhook.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Keyhook.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 65% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A keyhook.exe file has a 100% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 20,480 bytes.
Keyhook.exe does not supply any version information or other description. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run).
It can read anything that you enter on the keyboard. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows.
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 keyhook.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 keyhook?
|Part of SIS VGA driver |
|its a program for the SIS (usually with ASROCK) motherboard drivers. |
|Not enough... What does it do , exactly? |
|Sis keyboard VGA Daemon. Probably for hot keys as mentioned in the link below. |
|SIS graphics cards related: "Super VGA Keyboard Daemon" - hooks into the keyboard processing chain in order to enable hotkey settings. (further information...) |
Summary: 45 users judge keyhook.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 14 users have already deleted keyhook.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall SiS Compatible Super VGA Keyboard Daemon or Launch Manager
To remove keyhook.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for SiS Compatible Super VGA Keyboard Daemon or Launch Manager in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if keyhook.exe (keyhook.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 keyhook.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for keyhook.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 keyhook.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.