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4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,188
United States Rank #2,521
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.72 days
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Average installed length: 212.69 days


VersionDistribution 37.79% 31.48% 26.72% 3.22% 0.80%

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VAIO - Remote Keyboard

What is VAIO - Remote Keyboard?  (from Sony)

Use your VAIO keyboard to control your television and input text quickly and conveniently. Remote Keyboard software is compatible only with VAIO notebooks installed with Windows 7 Operating System.


VAIO - Remote Keyboard is a software program developed by Sony. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 vnkapp.exe. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 1.89 MB (1,985,897 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 42% of users of VAIO - Remote Keyboard come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and India.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

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.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
Sony has been criticized for loading its VAIO laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes. Sony also offers a Fresh start option in some countries which allows a new computer to be shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software pre-installed.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Sony PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\Remote Keyboard
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{7396FB15-9AB4-4B78-BDD8-24A9C15D2C65}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 1.89 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO - Remote Keyboard

Program executable:vnkapp.exe
Name:Remote Keyboard
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\remote keyboard\vnkapp.exe
Additional files:
  • VNKCore.dll - Remote Keyboard
  • VNKStringResource.dll
  • VNKUpnpManager.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • VNKApp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5960662F-A902-426D-9063-DF31C1E84FC8}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove VAIO - Remote Keyboard?

You can uninstall VAIO - Remote Keyboard 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 VAIO - Remote Keyboard, 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 VAIO - Remote Keyboard.

Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.09%
Windows 10 28.72%
Windows XP 0.17%
Windows Vista 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 54.87%
Windows 8.1 10.22%
Windows 10 Home 7.84%
Windows 7 Home Basic 6.94%
Windows 7 Professional 6.30%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.77% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 41.77%
  United Kingdom 11.99%
  India 6.86%
  Canada 5.15%
  Australia 2.32%
  Iran 2.16%
  Saudi Arabia 1.77%
  Belgium 1.59%
  Sweden 1.29%
  Greece 1.28%
  Netherlands 1.27%
  New Zealand 1.25%
  United Arab Emirates 1.19%
  Indonesia 1.19%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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