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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,100
United States Rank #22,372
Reach 0.0268%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.53 days
605.70 days >
Average installed length: 318.25 days


1.48 14.02%
1.46 5.49%
1.45 28.03%
1.44 4.36%
1.42 2.65%
1.38 8.71%
1.37 15.91%
1.36 0.38%
1.32 14.39%
1.31 6.06%

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Hotkey Service

What is Hotkey Service?

Hotkey utility is required to use those FN+F7 to change wireless settings and volume. See the blue things on your F keys? Those are what the FN keys control. This utility is pre-installed with most ASUS model laptops.


The most used version is 1.45, with over 98% 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. 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 main program executable is hotkeyservice.exe. The software installer includes 130 files and is usually about 12.65 MB (13,268,243 bytes). LiveUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.asus.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ASUS\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{71C0E38E-09F2-4386-9977-404D4F6640CD}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 12.65 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Hotkey Service

Program executable:hotkeyservice.exe
Asus Eee PC Hotkey Service
Signed by:ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Path:C:\Program Files\asus\hotkeyservice\hotkeyservice.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:
  • ClientSocket.dll (by AsusTek Computer) - ClientSocket Dynamic Link Library
  • GFNEXSrv.exe - ATK Generic Function Service (GFNEXSrv)
  • InstGFNEXSrv.exe - InstService
  • AsusScreensaver.exe (by AsusTek Computer) - AsusScreensaverSetting
  • LiveUpdate.exe - LiveUpdate Application (Asus EeePC LiveUpdate for Bios, Driver, Software and Hotfix.)
  • LocaleMeCommonLibrary.dll - LocaleMeCommonLibrary
  • Hook.dll - CapsAndNumNotifyDll (CapsAndNumKeyNotify)
  • InstAWMIACPISrv.exe - ATK WMIACPI Utility (Install ATKWMIACPI Service)
  • CapsHook.exe - CapsAadNumNotify
  • SmartCamera.exe - Smart Camera.exe (Smart Camera)
  • Help.exe - LiveUpdate Help
  • AsInsInit.exe - ASUS InstantOn (ASUS InstantOn Program)
  • AsInstSrv.exe
  • GadgetController.exe
  • InsOnSrv.exe
  • InsOnWMI.exe
  • InstantOnCOM.dll
  • InstantOnSetter.exe
  • ResumeInstantOn.exe
  • Welcome.exe
  • iSeriesCharge.exe - iSeriescharge (USB charge for Apple product)
  • win7Mes.dll - Win7MesFilter
  • MapUILibrary.dll - MapUILibrary
  • LocaleMe.exe - LocaleMe
  • PadKeyCredentialProvider64.dll - EeeSlate (PadKey Dynamic Link Library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • AsInsInit.exe is scheduled as a task named 'ASUS InstantOn Init'.
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • Welcome.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named InstantOnWelcome.
  • AsInsInit.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ASUS InstantOn Init.
2 Services
  • InsOnSrv.exe runs as a service named 'ASUS InstantOn Service' (ASUS InstantOn).
  • GFNEXSrv.exe runs as a service named 'ATKGFNEX Service' (ATKGFNEXSrv).
Startup File (User Run)
  • HotkeyService.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Asus Hotkey Service' and executes as C:\Program Files\ASUS\HotkeyService\HotkeyService.exe.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • iSeriesCharge.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'iSeriesCharge' which loads as C:\Program Files\ASUS\USBChargeSetting\iSeriesCharge.exe.
  • LiveUpdate.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'LiveUpdate' which loads as C:\Program Files\Asus\LiveUpdate\LiveUpdate.exe auto.
  • SmartCamera.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ASUS Smart Camera' which loads as C:\Program Files\ASUS\ASUS Smart Camera\SmartCamera.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • iSeriesCharge.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\ASUS\USBChargeSetting\iSeriesCharge.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.74 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0082105546%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00537234%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00283822%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:12,848
8,062,084 average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:807.54 KB
Total CPU:0.0001238614%
Kernel CPU:0.00008246%
User CPU:0.00004140%
CPU cycles/sec:14,205
I/O reads/min:36 Bytes
I/O writes/min:32 Bytes
Memory:1.19 MB
Total CPU:0.0014704824%
Kernel CPU:0.00117618%
User CPU:0.00029431%
CPU cycles/sec:1,663

How do I remove Hotkey Service?

You can uninstall Hotkey Service 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 Hotkey Service, 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 Hotkey Service.

Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.84%
Windows 10 41.78%
Windows XP 0.38%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.76%
Windows 10 Home 26.05%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.41%
Windows 7 Professional 8.75%
Windows 7 Starter 8.17%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.78% of installs come from Italy
Which countries install it?
  Italy 19.78%
  United States 15.49%
  Indonesia 10.45%
  Germany 6.90%
  France 3.73%
  India 3.54%
  United Kingdom 3.17%
  Poland 2.99%
  Brazil 2.43%
  Thailand 2.43%
  UA 2.24%
  Iran 2.05%
  Russia 1.68%
  Netherlands 1.68%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 82.97%
Acer 9.34%
Dell 3.30%
Hewlett-Packard 2.47%
Alienware 1.10%
American Megatrends 0.82%
Common models
ASUSTeK 1215B 17.54%
ASUSTeK 1215N 6.43%
ASUSTeK 1225B 6.24%
ASUSTeK 1001PXD 5.65%
ASUSTeK 1015PX 5.07%
ASUSTeK 1015CX 4.68%

About ASUS

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


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