What does the PHotkey.exe file do?
The PHotkey.exe process is also known as OEM Hotkey or, as the case may be, Pegatron Hotkey and is a part of PHotkey. This software is produced by Pegatron. An obsolete or defective version of PHotkey.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- OEM Hotkey has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- OEM Hotkey 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)
- PHotkey.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module PHotkey.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about PHotkey.exe OEM Hotkey
PHotkey.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. PHotkey.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,603,520 bytes (50% of all these files), 823,808 bytes, 819,720 bytes or, as the case may be, 2,215,424 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The PHotkey file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It does not supply any version information or other description. It also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. PHotkey.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 63% 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 PHotkey.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 PHotkey?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall PHotkey
To remove OEM Hotkey 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 PHotkey in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if PHotkey.exe (OEM Hotkey) 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 OEM Hotkey. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for OEM Hotkey 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 PHotkey.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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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