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What percent of users and experts removed it?
21% remove it79% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,563
United States Rank #19,598
Reach 0.1153%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.64 days
284.37 days >
Average installed length: 149.42 days


3.00.8104 4.00%
3.00.8102 3.34%
3.00.8101 9.50%
3.00.8100 0.75%
3.00.3004 11.13%
3.00.3003 1.63%
3.00.3001 6.86%
2.05.3510 3.74%
2.05.3505 8.89%
2.05.3504 1.98%
2.05.3503 0.22%
2.05.3014 5.24%
2.05.3013 0.40%
2.05.3012 3.43%
2.05.3009 20.94%
2.05.3005 2.73%
2.05.3003 11.35%
2.05.3001 1.45%
2.05.3000 0.35%
2.00.3005 0.75%
2.00.3004 1.32%

Hotkey Utility

What is Hotkey Utility?

Hotkey utility is required to use those FN+F7 to change wireless settings and volume.


Hotkey Utility is a software program developed by Packard Bell. The most common release is 2.05.3009, 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. 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 hotkeyutility.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 6.51 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 11 files and is usually about 4.35 MB (4,560,624 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 23% of users of Hotkey Utility come from France, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.packardbell.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\packard bell\hotkey utility
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Packard Bell\Hotkey Utility\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 4.35 MB
Language: German (Germany)

Program filesFiles installed by Hotkey Utility

Program executable:hotkeyutility.exe
Name:Hotkey Utility
Signed by:Acer Incorporated
Path:C:\Program Files\packard bell\hotkey utility\hotkeyutility.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
The Hotkey utility is a system program that controls the use of special functions key, or hotkeys on many OEM laptops.
Additional files:
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • HotkeyUI.exe (by Acer) - Hotkey Utility 2.5
  • CreateLowProcess.exe (by Acer) - Hotkey Utility (CreateLowProcess)
  • HotkeyHook.dll - Hotkey Hook
  • Uninstall.exe - Hotkey Utility Installer.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • HotkeyUtility.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{6E9989C3-0E22-4E1B-8D0D-3D2AF3C25BBD}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • HotkeyUtility.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 5.
Startup File (User Run)
  • HotkeyUtility.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Hotkey' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Packard Bell\Hotkey Utility\HotkeyUtility.exe".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • HotkeyUtility.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Hotkey Utility' which loads as C:\Program Files\eMachines\Hotkey Utility\HotkeyUtility.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.51 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002823754%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00019160%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00009077%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,550
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:593 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Hotkey Utility?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.32%
Windows 10 46.50%
Windows XP 0.18%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 52.05%
Windows 8.1 19.03%
Windows 10 Home 16.47%
Windows 8 5.70%
Windows 8.1 Connected 3.31%
Windows 8.1 Pro 0.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

23.19% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 23.19%
  United Kingdom 19.38%
  Italy 14.76%
  Germany 13.81%
  United States 4.89%
  Spain 4.48%
  Sweden 4.35%
  Netherlands 3.94%
  Belgium 2.49%
  DK 1.86%
  Norway 1.49%
  Switzerland 0.86%
  Portugal 0.72%
  Finland 0.68%

About Packard Bell

Packard Bell is a computer manufacturer and a subsidiary of Acer. Packard Bell shares products with Gateway, both owned by Acer.
Publisher URL: www.packardbell.com


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