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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,793
United States Rank #17,454
Reach 0.0236%
Installation trends (last 30 days)


1.7.3 3.70%
1.7.2 1.23%
1.5.6 1.23%
1.5.5 16.05%
1.2.0 1.23% 1.23%

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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.


Hotkey Utility is a program developed by Sony. The most used version is 1.5.5, with over 21% 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 15 files and is usually about 822.57 KB (842,316 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 28% of users of Hotkey Utility come from the United States, it is also popular in Japan and Germany.

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

2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 57%
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 61.73%
Windows Vista 19.75%
Windows 7 14.81%
Windows 8 3.70%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 61.73%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 17.28%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.41%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.17%
Windows Vista Business 2.47%
Windows 8 1.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 28.09%
  Japan 13.48%
  Germany 12.36%
  United Kingdom 7.87%
  Belgium 3.37%
  Austria 3.37%
  Greece 2.25%
  Israel 2.25%
  Iran 2.25%
  Netherlands 2.25%
  Czech Republic 2.25%
  Italy 2.25%
  Vietnam 1.12%
  Brazil 1.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 72.31%
Sahara 7.69%
American Megatrends 6.15%
ASUS 4.62%
Acer 3.08%
Dell 1.54%
Hewlett-Packard 1.54%
Lenovo 1.54%
Toshiba 1.54%
Common models
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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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