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What’s osk.exe (Accessibility On-Screen Keyboard)? Is it safe or a virus?

osk.exe (made by Microsoft) stands for On-Screen Keyboard and It's a virtual keyboard that allows users to input text using a pointing device such as a mouse or a touch screen, rather than a physical keyboard.

This can be useful for users with mobility impairments or for situations where a physical keyboard is not available. The osk.exe application provides a simple and accessible way for users to interact with their computer and input text, making it a valuable tool for accessibility in the Windows OS.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes osk.exe (Accessibility On-Screen Keyboard)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of osk.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is osk.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the osk.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find osk.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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