What is MMKeybd.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 MMKeybd.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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MMKeybd.exe file information

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

The process known as Netropa™ Hot Key or MOffice MFC Application belongs to software Netropa Hot Key or Muiltmedia keyboard utility by Netropa (

Description: MMKeybd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MMKeybd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Netropa\Multimedia Keyboard\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 425,984 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 180,224 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The MMKeybd.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It is able to record keyboard inputs. MMKeybd.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 88% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using MMKeybd.exe, you may also do the following:
  • contact Customer Service [1][2]
  • find out if there is a newer version [1][2] available
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Dell One-touch Multimedia Keyboard or HP One-touch Multimedia Keyboard)

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If MMKeybd.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 425,984 bytes. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). MMKeybd.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. MMKeybd.exe is able to record keyboard inputs. MMKeybd.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

it makes my pc very slowly and i haven´t got any software or keyboards from netropa or hama...well, yust my usb multifunction card is from hama.
I had to delete this file for installation of a MS Entertainment 7000 keyboard; mmkeybd.exe gives a malfunction of the F-keys resulting in a reset of the computer
I've been stuck with program when installing "ViewSonic's" Keyboard. I have experienced resource hogging, the computer going on and off line by itself as well. I have lost use of some of the hot keys when I've ended its processing. I'm running AVG and AdAware and neither have perceived it as a threat. I still live uncomfortably with it though.
I sent an email to Netropa about this and here is what they sent back: Hi David,,I'm afraid we've stopped maintaining the software since 2001.We would recommend uninstalling Dell One-touch Multimedia Keyboard software through Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs.Sorry for the inconvenience. Sincerely, Michael
  David Henderson  
it runs in the back ground causing my computer to run slower when I am accessing the web and other usages on my computer. I have turned it off and the coputer starts to run properly. I have had problems with my computer having a serious error which shuts the computer down when I am talking on MSN video calls. The blue screen says it is an unknown device driver that shuts the computer down.
  susan hall  
allows shortcut keys to be used on your keyboard
Alows mulitmedia functions to work on some keyboards. It does connect to the internet a lot, who knows why.
I have disabled it. It had become a resource hog. So far so good.
  Donald G.  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of MMKeybd.exe: based on 23 votes with 9 reviews. 13 users think MMKeybd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks MMKeybd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 5 users don't grade MMKeybd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving MMKeybd issues

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