What does the PolicyKey.exe file do?
The PolicyKey.exe process is also known as PolicyKey MFC Application and is a part of PolicyKey Application or, as the case may be, PolicyKey MFC Application. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of PolicyKey.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- PolicyKey MFC Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- PolicyKey MFC Application 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)
- PolicyKey.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module PolicyKey.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about PolicyKey.exe PolicyKey MFC Application
PolicyKey.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. PolicyKey.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 573,440 bytes.
It does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This PolicyKey program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. PolicyKey.exe is capable of log keyboard entries as well as monitor other applications. 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 PolicyKey.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 PolicyKey?
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 PolicyKey Application or PolicyKey MFC Application
To remove PolicyKey MFC Application 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 PolicyKey Application or PolicyKey MFC Application in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if PolicyKey.exe (PolicyKey MFC Application) 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 PolicyKey MFC Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for PolicyKey MFC Application 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 PolicyKey.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.