What is ATKOSD2.exe, File Size, Location, Error & How to Fix

ATKOSD2 is known to be one of the software components of ATK Hotkey Utility by ASUS. The full form of ATkosd2 is ASUSTek On-screen Display. In short, this executable file provides shortcut functions on Asus Laptop.

What is ATKOSD2.exe and its usage?

The ATKOSD2.exe file is located at C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Package\ATKOSD2\ folder and it basically helps all the necessary programs run on your PC/laptop without any interruption. This file usually comes with Asus laptop and ATKOSD2.exe is required to run a few important AsusTek utilities such as Splendid or Power Gear.

Besides this, the ATKOSD2.exe file allows users to change their keyboards’ functionality or function keys and most interestingly, one can use multiple keys to perform certain actions.

In short, this executable file provides shortcut keys on the Asus laptop to control sound, increase or decrease screen brightness, mute/unmute, plane mode, etc.

Atkosd2 asus keyboard shortcut function

However, this file is not necessarily required in every Windows application start-up process, and in case you face any difficulty, there are options to remove or disable the ATKOSD2.exe file with ease.

Common Errors of ATKOSD2

Sometimes the system may throw an error message with ATKOSD2.exe. These error messages mostly show up when you try installing any program or ATK package on your Windows Operating System. It is important to note down the error messages you see every time on your system.

Let’s now have a look at some of the most common errors that it might appear in Windows 10, 8 or 7:

  • “ATKOSD2.exe Application Error.”
  • “ATKOSD2.exe not found.”
  • “Error starting program: ATKOSD2.exe.”
  • “ATKOSD2.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

Is ATKOSD2 a virus or safe to keep on Laptop?

If your computer is in the new condition and up-to-date then you may not face any problems with the ATKOSD2.exe file. The easiest way to find out whether this file is a malware of a virus is to check its default location. If ATKOSD2.exe is not located under C:\Program Files\Asus then chances are it’s a malware of virus.

Another way to identify whether ATKOSD2 is malware or safe is by checking its file properties. If you find the digital signature after right-clicking on its file name, then it wouldn’t be a virus.

How to Fix the ATKOSD2?

If the ATKOSD2.exe file seems to be problematic, here are some of the effective ways to get rid of the problem:

Method 1

The very first option is to clean your computer’s hard disk with the following two helpful commands.

1) Press Windows+R button, type CMD and press Enter button

2) Type below command and hit on after another


Now click on Clean up system files

Clean up Systems Files

3) Now type below the text and hit Enter


Method 2

Sometimes running DISM tool fix this error, here are the steps:

1) Open command line

2) Type below text and hit Enter button

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Above command will repair any corrupt files on your system by downloading the latest update from the Microsoft server.

Method 3

Run a complete scan with whatever anti-virus you have installed on your system.

Recommend to use reliable anti-virus like Malwarebytes or Kaspersky.

So this was all about ATKOSD2, its usage, and removal process (if harmful). Feel free to comment down below if you are facing any issue with this file and I get back to you at earliest.



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