What is MagicKey.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the MagicKey.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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MagicKey.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with MagicKey
MagicKey.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as MagicKey MFC Application belongs to software MagicKey Application or Media Key or Slim Multimedia Keyboard by unknown.

Description: MagicKey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MagicKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—for instance C:\Program Files (x86)\Media Key\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 135,168 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 167,936 bytes, 163,840 bytes, 184,320 bytes or 159,744 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. MagicKey.exe is not a Windows system file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. MagicKey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with MagicKey.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Media Key or Slim Multimedia Keyboard).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MagicKey.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the MagicKey.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Belkin Wireless Keyboard needed for keyboard extras
Belkin Wireless Keyboard
app to run my firefly lighted keyboard by manhattan
for Labtec Wireless Keyboard (also Belkin?)
Installed by belkin for wireless keyboard. Required
absolutely necessairy if you wish to use the extended buttons on your belkin/labtec or genius keyboard
Also used by 'Genius' keyboard for shortcuts to word etc.
required for Labtech Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
for the 5 options buttons on the keyboard you can program
  john h.  
if its in program files/a keyboard driver directory then its probably for your keyboard (belkin or labtech) anything else you should get it checked out
  monkey (from the tv show)   (further information)
It is installed by default by any keyboard with multimedia keys as a controller for the multimedia keys. If it is not active then the multimedia keys on the keyboard will not function.
wacom tablet
advent slimline keyboard
It is a process for Labtec wireless keyboard/mouse
This is a Genius keyboard component... whithout this the keyboard do not function properly.
  Vitor Rocha  

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Summary: Average user rating of MagicKey.exe: based on 20 votes with 15 user comments. 17 users think MagicKey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade MagicKey.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving MagicKey issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with MagicKey. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the MagicKey.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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