What does the SteganosHotKeyService.exe file do?
The SteganosHotKeyService.exe process is also known as Steganos Hot Key Service and is a part of Steganos Privacy Suite (Version 2008, 11, 12) or, as the case may be, Steganos Safe (Version 2007). This software is produced by Steganos Software GmbH (www.steganos.com). An obsolete or defective version of SteganosHotKeyService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Steganos Hot Key service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Steganos Hot Key service 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)
- SteganosHotKeyService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SteganosHotKeyService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SteganosHotKeyService.exe Steganos Hot Key service
SteganosHotKeyService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file SteganosHotKeyService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 25,088 bytes (60% of all these files), 26,112 bytes or, as the case may be, 84,480 bytes.
The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This particular software is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The SteganosHotKeyService file is not part of the Windows operating system. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. For this reason, 66% 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 SteganosHotKeyService.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 SteganosHotKeyService?
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 Steganos Privacy Suite or Steganos Safe
To remove Steganos Hot Key service 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 Steganos Privacy Suite or Steganos Safe in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if SteganosHotKeyService.exe (Steganos Hot Key service) 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 Steganos Hot Key service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Steganos Hot Key service 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 SteganosHotKeyService.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.
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