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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,514
United States Rank #23,983
Reach 0.0132%


VersionDistribution 0.63%
1.7.3 2.53%
1.7.2 0.63%
1.5.7 0.63%
1.5.6 0.63%
1.5.5 22.15%
1.2.0 1.90% 0.63%

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Hotkey Utility

What is Hotkey Utility?

Hotkey Utility is a desktop utility to hide programs and windows, instantly shutdown, restart or logoff, open unlimited amounts of websites, programs, games, files, folders, drives and more.


The most used version is 1.5.5, with over 31% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is hkserv.exe. The software installer includes 23 files and is usually about 822.57 KB (842,316 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hotkey Utility\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Hotkey Utility\unins001.exe"
Estimated size: 822.57 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotkey Utility

Program executable:hkserv.exe
Name:HotKey Server
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\hotkey utility\hkserv.exe
Additional files:
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • WinIo.dll (by http://www.internals.com) - WinIo
  • tray.exe - Tray (Tray MFC)
  • HKRes.dll - HotKey English Resource DLL
  • HKWnd.exe - HotKey Client
  • SuEvent.dll - Sony Utility Event Dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • HKWnd.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'HotKey Client' and executes as C:\Program Files\Sony\HotKey Utility\HKWnd.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • tray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FIC HotKey' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hotkey Utility\tray.exe.
  • HKServ.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HKSERV.EXE' which loads as C:\Program Files\Sony\HotKey Utility\HKserv.exe.

How do I remove Hotkey Utility?

Quickly and completely remove Hotkey Utility from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Hotkey Utility 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 Hotkey Utility, 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 Hotkey Utility.

Win XP 42%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 46.20%
Windows 7 24.68%
Windows Vista 24.68%
Windows 8 4.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 45.81%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 23.23%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.97%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.03%
Windows 7 Professional 3.23%
Windows Vista Business 1.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.12%
  Germany 15.29%
  United Kingdom 10.00%
  France 8.24%
  Japan 7.65%
  Belgium 3.53%
  Austria 2.94%
  Czech Republic 2.35%
  Italy 2.35%
  Finland 1.76%
  Sweden 1.76%
  Greece 1.76%
  Iran 1.76%
  Netherlands 1.76%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 65.43%
American Megatrends 11.11%
Sahara 7.41%
Acer 6.17%
Dell 3.70%
ASUS 3.70%
Hewlett-Packard 2.47%
Common models
Sony VPCEK20AL 1.43%
Sony VGC-V3S 1.43%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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