"shtctky.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "shtctky.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "shtctky.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "shtctky.exe" process?

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A

"shtctky.exe" process represents "ThinkPad Message Receiver for Shortcut Hot Keys" program.

"shtctky.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "tphkload" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   wininit
      services
         tphkload
            shtctky

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "shtctky.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
shtctky.exe               5,716 K   ThinkPad Message Receiver for Shortcut Hot Keys

Additional information about "shtctky.exe" process:

Command line:
   C:\PROGRA~1\Lenovo\HOTKEY\SHTCTKY.EXE /UEFI\\.\pipe\{C6A9690C-33AE-4a55-8B65-9498CC0A7B34}.ShortcutKey

Programe file information:
   Name: shtctky.exe
   Location: C:\PROGRA~1\Lenovo\HOTKEY\SHTCTKY.EXE
   Description: ThinkPad Message Receiver for Shortcut Hot Keys
   Version: 2.72
   Size: 143016 bytes
   Last modified: 12/21/2015 10:19:44 PM
   Company Name: Lenovo Group Limited
   
Some data files used:
C:\PROGRA~1\Lenovo\HOTKEY
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\setupapi.dll.mui

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\LENOVO.MICMUTE\Parameters
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Lenovo\OnScreenDisplay

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\ADVAPI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll
C:\windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\windows\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\LPK.dll

"shtctky.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "shtctky.exe" process.

 

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