What does the zHotkey.exe file do?
The zHotkey.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). An obsolete or defective version of zHotkey.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)
- zHotkey.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module zHotkey.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about zHotkey.exe Multimedia Keyboard driver
zHotkey.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. ZHotkey.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 543,232 bytes (50% of all these files), 550,912 bytes, 547,840 bytes, 496,640 bytes or, as the case may be, 515,584 bytes.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This file contains no information about the producer or the version. It can read anything that you enter on the keyboard. ZHotkey.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 94% 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 zHotkey.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 zHotkey?
|Seems to be a hotkey driver for Chicony keyboards, found on eMachines. |
|Multimeda keyboard driver Used for keyboards that have extra buttons |
The Almighty bob
|If you end the process the keyboard hotkeys no longer work, leaving it open doesnt seem to slow down anything. |
|Multimedia keybaord driver. Think it comes up as a keylogger, but its perfectly harmless |
|This is the file which enables the extra keys such as sleep or calculator and volume controls on my emachines keyboard to work |
Summary: 26 users judge zHotkey.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, 6 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 8 users have already deleted zHotkey.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 zHotkey.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 zHotkey.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.