How to Remove Nvhotkey.dll Error Message

Nvhotkey.dll is a process that belongs to the NVIDIA Hotkey Service program. This dll file is an NVIDIA Hotkey Service Module from the NVIDIA Corporation. Nvhotkey.dll may be found in C:\Windows\System32. The known file sizes for this dynamic link library file are 73,728 and 67,584 bytes.

Error Message

Users may get an error message at startup saying that nvhotkey.dll is missing or cannot be found.

How to Remove Nvhotkey.dll Error Message

You can remove the error message by reinstalling your NVIDIA drivers. NVIDIA drivers may be for both sound and graphics. However, your drivers will most probably be for your graphics card.

You may use Perfect Uninstaller if you are experiencing any difficulty removing programs using the standard Add/Remove programs utility.

You may also want to remove nvhotkey.dll from Startup.

To remove nvhotkey.dll from Startup:

  1. Go to Start and then to Run.
  2. Type in msconfig and then press OK.
  3. A window should open up.
  4. Go to the Startup tab.
  5. Locate nvhotkey.
  6. Uncheck the box beside nvhotkey.
  7. Close the window.

There are also some sites that say nvhotkey.dll may be a form of spyware. Since malware can assume legitimate file names to cloak their true identity, you should also run a full system scan using a powerful and reliable antivirus program. After running your antivirus utility, you should also run an anti-spyware program. This will root out and identify any spyware that may be residing in your system.

Always be sure to verify that you have valid and legitimate files in your system. Pairing good security software with safe internet surfing practices can keep you and your system protected.