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Should I remove AutoHotkey?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,223
United States Rank #3,504
Reach 0.1265%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.50 days
339.21 days >
Average installed length: 178.23 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%


What is AutoHotkey?  (from Chris Mallett)

Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder. Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey. Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Con...  Read more


AutoHotkey is a program developed by Chris Mallett. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 programs's main executable is autohotkey.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.98 MB of memory. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 16 files and is usually about 2.49 MB (2,612,482 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 56% of users of AutoHotkey come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.autohotkey.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\autohotkey
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 2.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by AutoHotkey

Program executable:autohotkey.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\autohotkey\autohotkey.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • AutoHotkeyA32.exe - AutoHotkey (AutoHotkey ANSI 32-bit)
  • AutoHotkeyU32.exe - AutoHotkey Unicode 32-bit
  • AutoHotkeyU64.exe - AutoHotkey Unicode 64-bit
  • AU3_Spy.exe (by DaloozaSoft) - AU3_Spy (AutoIt3 Window Info Spy)
  • uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • AutoHotkey.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7B50AA9B-3870-4097-A780-7382BD8C0A8C}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • AutoHotkey.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Start AutoHotKeys.
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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 AutoHotkey.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.25%
Windows 10 31.01%
Windows XP 3.89%
Windows Vista 2.81%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.51%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.00%
Windows 7 Professional 15.27%
Windows 8.1 11.48%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.92%
  United Kingdom 4.72%
  Germany 4.50%
  Canada 4.41%
  Australia 2.50%
  France 2.13%
  Netherlands 1.97%
  Sweden 1.56%
  Italy 1.03%
  Finland 0.94%
  India 0.94%
  DK 0.91%
  Spain 0.88%
  Belgium 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.32%
Hewlett-Packard 22.73%
ASUS 14.47%
Acer 11.92%
Lenovo 4.68%
Toshiba 3.00%
Samsung 2.63%
Alienware 2.19%
Intel 1.75%
MSI 1.54%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.86%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.99%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.62%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.25%
Dell XPS 8300 1.87%
MSI MS-7821 1.87%


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