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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,078
United States Rank #2,795
Reach 0.3127%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.48 days
338.69 days >
Average installed length: 177.96 days


1.0.0057 1.77%
1.0.0056 5.79%
1.0.0055 3.75%
1.0.0054 12.12%
1.0.0053 10.30%
1.0.0052 33.37%
1.0.0051 14.55%
1.0.0050 4.57%
1.0.0049 6.02%
1.0.0048 0.36%
1.0.0047 0.39%
1.0.0046 0.13%
1.0.0045 0.50%
1.0.0044 0.60%
1.0.0043 0.02%
1.0.0042 0.99%
1.0.0041 0.21%
1.0.0040 1.43%
1.0.0039 0.10%
1.0.0038 2.61%
1.0.0037 0.31%
1.0.0036 0.11%

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ATK Hotkey

What is ATK Hotkey?

The ATK Hotkey program is required to make use of all the function key shortcuts.


ATK Hotkey is a software program developed by ASUS. The most common release is 1.0.0052, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is WDC.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.66 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 36 files and is usually about 5.74 MB (6,022,045 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 35% of users of ATK Hotkey come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.asus.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{7C05592D-424B-46CB-B505-E0013E8E75C9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.74 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by ATK Hotkey

Program executable:WDC.exe
Name:ATK Hotkey
Signed by:ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Path:C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\WDC.exe
The ASUS ATK Hotkey utilities are system programs that controls the use of special functions key, or hotkeys on most Asus laptops.
Additional files:
  • ATKOSD.exe - ATK Hotkey (ATKOSD)
  • CypressTPCfg.exe - ATK Htokey (CypressTPCfg)
  • CypressTPCfg64.exe
  • ElanTPCfg.exe - ElanTPCfg
  • ElanTPCfg64.exe
  • HCLaun32.exe - HCLaun
  • HCLaun64.exe
  • HCLaunMail32.exe - HCLaunMail
  • HCLaunMail64.exe
  • HControl.exe - HControl
  • HControlUser.exe - HControlUser
  • HCSup.exe - HCSup
  • KBFiltr.exe - KBFiltr
  • MsgTranAgt.exe - MsgTranAgt
  • MsgTranAgt64.exe
  • SynptDis.exe - SynptDis Application
  • WDC.exe - WDC
  • AsLdrSrv.exe - ADSMSrv (ASLDR Service)
  • InstASLDRSrv.exe - InstASLDRSrv
  • SiSPkt.dll (by Silicon Integrated Systems) - SiS160 Series Wireless LAN Adapter (SiSPkt)
  • ChangeMode.dll - ChangeMode Dynamic Link Library (ChangeMode DLL)
  • ASUSNet.dll - ASUSNet Dynamic Link Library (ASUSNet DLL)
  • ASW32N50.DLL (by Printing Communications Assoc., (PCAUSA)) - PCAUSA Rawether for Windows (WinDis 32 API & Platform Compatibility DLL)
  • AspScal.exe - AspScal Application (AspScal MFC Application)
  • ATKWLIOC.DLL (by ACTIONTEC Electronics,Inc) - PRISM Wireless LAN (AEI Driver Interface Library)
  • Atouch64.exe - Atouch64
  • inter_f2.dll (by ATK) - ATK0100 (inter_f2 DLL)
  • RADFN.DLL (by Intel) - M3AWEB
  • askill.exe
  • emxunit.dll
  • StkInterface.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • HControlUser.exe is scheduled as a task named 'HControlUser_85908393' (runs on registration).
  • ATKOSD.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D47F0F4B-B758-4C93-82F5-8FE036A465A7}' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • HControl.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named HControl OSD.
  • HControlUser.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named HControlUser.
  • AsLdrSrv.exe runs as a service named 'ASLDRService' (ASLDRService).
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • HControl.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HControl' which loads as "C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\HControl.exe".
  • HControlUser.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HControlUser' which loads as C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\HControlUser.exe.
  • MsgTranAgt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MsgTranAgt' which loads as C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\MsgTranAgt.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • WDC.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey\WDC.exe'.
  • KBFiltr.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey\KBFiltr.exe'.
  • ATKOSD.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey\ATKOSD.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.66 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002098368%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00011524%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00009460%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:6,485
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:87 Bytes
435.61 KB average
Memory:1.23 MB
Total CPU:0.0005382651%
Kernel CPU:0.00014153%
User CPU:0.00039674%
CPU cycles/sec:534
Memory:1.21 MB
Total CPU:0.0000176621%
Kernel CPU:0.00001332%
User CPU:0.00000434%

How do I remove ATK Hotkey?

You can uninstall ATK Hotkey 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ATK Hotkey, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 ATK Hotkey.

Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.98%
Windows Vista 10.74%
Windows 10 8.01%
Windows XP 2.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 59.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.98%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.14%
Windows 7 Professional 8.01%
Windows 10 Home 4.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 2.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.63% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.63%
  France 9.19%
  Germany 8.73%
  Italy 6.71%
  Netherlands 3.87%
  United Kingdom 3.21%
  Taiwan 2.34%
  Poland 2.14%
  Sweden 2.13%
  Canada 2.13%
  Australia 2.03%
  Czech Republic 1.68%
  Spain 1.53%
  Belgium 1.42%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 98.47%
Dell 1.53%
Common models
ASUSTeK K50IJ 20.03%
ASUSTeK K50IN 4.23%
ASUSTeK K70IJ 3.56%
ASUSTeK N61Jq 3.44%
ASUSTeK K61IC 2.82%
ASUSTeK UL30A 2.65%

About ASUS

ASUSTeK Computer, also often called ASUS is a computer hardware & electronics company.
Publisher URL: www.asus.com


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