What is mHotkey.exe?

The genuine mHotkey.exe file is a software component of Chicony Multimedia Driver by Chicony.
The Hotkey application for Chicony multimedia keyboards, this application runs as a background process and allows your computer to interpret various shortcut keys on your Chicory keyboard. The Chicory shortcuts are all multimedia functions, ranging from volume control to automatically opening multimedia programs. If this software is disabled or removed, your keyboard will still function, but the shortcut keys will cease working. Founded in 1983, Chicony is based in Taiwan and is an international producer of computer peripheral devices.

MHotkey stands for Multimedia Hotkey

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 mHotkey.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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MHotkey.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mHotkey
MHotkey.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Multimedia Keyboard Driver or Chicony Multimedia Driver or Chicony Multimedia USB Driver or Creative Multimedia Driver belongs to software Multimedia Keyboard Driver or Chicony Multimedia Driver or Creative Multimedia Driver by Chicony ( or Creative (

Description: MHotkey.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MHotkey.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 581,120 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 550,912 bytes and 25 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. MHotkey.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software has no file description. MHotkey.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mHotkey.exe. Therefore, you should check the mHotkey.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

I downloaded it to use an emachine keyboard. Zone alarm firewall reports 'suspicious behaviour' when running this application. The program is trying to access the internet on start-up and at times whilst being used. It may be monitoring use? I am going to delete it.
its a nusance on my computer get it off
  henry marting  
I downloaded the 9900 keyboard driver directly from Chicony, but Comodo identifies that it carries a virus: Application.Win32.Hooker (a Trojan that steals passwords). I don't know if I should quarantine or delete it.
mHotkey(.dll .exe) keyboard interpreter, many times used to relay skypke voip packets (even if you are not a skypke user)
Notebook hotkey driver - problems with it
Controller program for the emachines kb series keyboards
It's for my eMachine Computer Keyboard
is also used on the creative kpa1 multimedia keyboard
  jose rivera  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mHotkey.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 21 users think mHotkey.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think mHotkey.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade mHotkey.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mHotkey issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mHotkey. 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 mHotkey.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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