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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 #868
United States Rank #1,014
Reach 0.7906%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.48 days
191.21 days >
Average installed length: 100.47 days


3.00.8104 8.09%
3.00.8102 6.92%
3.00.8101 6.25%
3.00.8100 0.83%
3.00.3007 1.76%
3.00.3005 1.66%
3.00.3004 6.08%
3.00.3003 2.65%
3.00.3001 3.27%
2.05.3512 0.06%
2.05.3510 3.75%
2.05.3505 14.00%
2.05.3504 0.81%
2.05.3503 0.76%
2.05.3014 4.75%
2.05.3013 1.35%
2.05.3012 0.66%
2.05.3011 0.94%
2.05.3009 13.09%
2.05.3006 0.01%
2.05.3005 1.62%
2.05.3003 5.63%
2.05.3001 0.40%
2.05.2000 0.01%
2.00.3005 0.30%
2.00.3004 0.24%
1.00.3004 11.91%
1.00.3003 2.17%

Typically installed together

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Hotkey Utility

What is Hotkey Utility?

Acer 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 instaled by default with all new Acer computers.

About  (from Acer)

Hotkey Utility is the ultimate desktop utility to hide programs and windows, instantly shutdown, restart or logoff, open unlimited amounts of websites, programs, games, files, folders, drives and more. If you want control then this is the tool for you.


It is typically pre-installed with most new Acer computers. The most common release is 2.05.3505, 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 primary executable is named hotkeyutility.exe. 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).

This program is pre-installed on some PCs

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.acer.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\acer\hotkey utility
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Acer\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
Path:C:\Program Files\acer\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:
  • HotkeyUI.exe - Hotkey Utility 2.5
  • CameraCtrl.exe (by Acer Incorporate) - Hotkey Utility (CameraCtrl)
  • CreateLowProcess.exe - CreateLowProcess
  • HotkeyConfig.exe - HotkeyConfig
  • HotkeyHook.dll - Hotkey Hook
  • HotkeyMsg.exe (by Acer Incorporate) - HotkeyMsg
  • MonitorSettings.exe - MonitorSettings
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • 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\Acer\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) 54%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.90%
Windows 10 43.99%
Windows XP 0.10%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 53.63%
Windows 8.1 20.47%
Windows 10 Home 13.77%
Windows 8 3.83%
Windows 8.1 Connected 2.63%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 0.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.80% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.80%
  Germany 9.91%
  Canada 7.15%
  France 6.90%
  United Kingdom 6.53%
  Italy 3.30%
  Australia 2.79%
  Netherlands 2.76%
  Sweden 1.89%
  Belgium 1.45%
  Spain 1.25%
  Finland 1.18%
  Taiwan 1.10%
  DK 1.00%

About Acer

Acer is a Taiwanese hardware and electronics corporation whose products include desktop and laptop computer PCs, tablet computers, servers, storage devices, displays, smartphones and peripherals.
Publisher URL: www.acer.com


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