What does the mHotkey.exe file do?
The mHotkey.exe process is also known as Multimedia Keyboard Driver or, as the case may be, Chicony Multimedia Driver and is a part of Multimedia Keyboard Driver or, as the case may be, Chicony Multimedia Driver. This software is produced by Chicony (www.chicony.com) or, as the case may be, Creative (www.creative.com). An obsolete or defective version of mHotkey.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Multimedia Keyboard driver has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Multimedia Keyboard driver 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)
- mHotkey.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module mHotkey.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about mHotkey.exe Multimedia Keyboard driver
mHotkey.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. MHotkey.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 581,120 bytes (48% of all these files), 472,576 bytes as well as 22 other variants.
It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. There is no internal description of the file. MHotkey.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 77% 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 mHotkey.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 mHotkey?
|Multimedia driver for keyboards with additional keys (like volume, e-mail button, etc.) (further information...) |
|Used for Chicony-made KB-9908(Viento/Powmax/Pionex/select EMachines keyboards) (further information...) |
|It is a driver for my multiMedia keyboard |
|Genius Keyboard Multimedia driver...... |
|Hotkey (further information...) |
Summary: 18 users judge mHotkey.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted mHotkey.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Multimedia Keyboard Driver or Chicony Multimedia Driver
To remove Multimedia Keyboard driver 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 Multimedia Keyboard Driver or Chicony Multimedia Driver in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if mHotkey.exe (Multimedia Keyboard driver) 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 Multimedia Keyboard driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Multimedia Keyboard driver 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 mHotkey.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.