Should I block it?
No, this file is 100% safe to run.
Hotkey Utility by Acer Incorporated (Signed)
hotkeyutility.exe executes as a process with the local user's privileges. It is an auto-starting process that used the Windows Task Scheduler service to load when the user logs into Windows (sometimes this is required to bypass the UAC protection). It is installed with a couple of know programs including Hotkey Utility published by Packard Bell, Hotkey Utility from Gateway Incorporated and Hotkey Utility by Gateway Incorporated. The file is digitally signed by Acer Incorporated which was issued by the VeriSign certificate authority (CA).
|Product name:||Hotkey Utility|
|Typical file path:||C:\Program Files\gateway\hotkey utility\hotkeyutility.exe|
|Size:||540.64 KB (553,616 bytes)|
|Issued to:||Acer Incorporated|
|Effective date:||Thursday, September 2, 2010|
|Expiration date:||Friday, September 13, 2013|
The following programs will install this file
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.
- The job 'Hotkey Utility' runs on logon in the path '\Hotkey Utility'
- Entry path '\Hotkey Utility'
Scheduled tasks startups
Set to load on user login (bypasses Windows UAC if enabled)
- Login entry path '\Hotkey Utility'
(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
|Kernel CPU time:||447 ms/min|
|Private memory:||2.49 MB|
|Private (maximum):||7.76 MB|
|Private (minimum):||565.33 KB|
|Non-paged memory:||2.49 MB|
|Virtual memory:||89.09 MB|
|Virtual memory (peak):||95.56 MB|
|Working set:||1.38 MB|
|Working set (peak):||8.12 MB|
|I/O read transfer:||1.22 KB/sec|
|I/O read operations:||3/sec|
|I/O write transfer:||244 Bytes/sec|
|I/O write operations:||3/sec|
|I/O other transfer:||406 Bytes/sec|
|I/O other operations:||9/sec|
|GUI GDI count:||49|
|GUI GDI peak:||51|
|GUI USER count:||28|
|GUI USER peak:||30|
- "C:\Program Files\acer\hotkey utility\hotkeyutility.exe"
- "C:\Program Files\gateway\hotkey utility\hotkeyutility.exe"
|Parent process:||services.exe (by Microsoft)|
Distribution by Windows OS
|Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
Distribution by country
United States installs about 66.67% of Hotkey Utility.
Distribution by PC manufacturer