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Should I remove AutoHotkey?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #32,913
United States Rank #27,576
Reach 0.0043%


VersionDistribution 100.00%



AutoHotkey is a software program developed by AutoHotkey Community. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named autohotkey.exe. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 6.95 MB (7,284,795 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 46% of users of AutoHotkey come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.autohotkey.net/~Lexikos/AutoHotkey_L
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\autohotkey
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 6.95 MB

Program filesFiles installed by AutoHotkey

Program executable:autohotkey.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\autohotkey\autohotkey.exe
Additional files:
  • uninst.exe
  • AU3_Spy.exe (by DaloozaSoft) - AU3_Spy (AutoIt3 Window Info Spy)
  • psapi.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft(R) Windows NT(TM) Operating System (Process Status Helper)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • AutoHotkey.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{30901286-299E-4E64-BEDD-C66569594571}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AutoHotkey.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named AutoHotKey_Launch.
Startup File (User Run)
  • AutoHotkey.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AutoHotkey.exe' and executes as C:\Utilities\Hotkey\AutoHotkey.exe C:\docs\AutoHotkey.ahk.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • AutoHotkey.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AutoHotkey' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\AutoHotkey.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0020020080%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00095957%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00104243%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove AutoHotkey?

Quickly and completely remove AutoHotkey from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall AutoHotkey from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AutoHotkey, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AutoHotkey.

Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win Vista (SP2) 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 88.33%
Windows 8 8.33%
Windows XP 1.67%
Windows Vista 1.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.33%
Windows 7 Professional 23.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.67%
Windows 7 Enterprise 5.00%
Windows 8 Pro 3.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 1.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.95% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.95%
  Germany 13.51%
  Canada 4.05%
  France 4.05%
  Japan 4.05%
  Australia 2.70%
  China 2.70%
  Sweden 2.70%
  Brazil 1.35%
  Czech Republic 1.35%
  DK 1.35%
  Spain 1.35%
  Finland 1.35%
  Hong Kong 1.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
Acer 22.73%
Dell 15.91%
ASUS 9.09%
Lenovo 6.82%
Gateway 4.55%
Toshiba 4.55%
American Megatrends 2.27%
Common models
Gateway 9310X ... 4.35%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.35%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.17%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.17%


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