ColdKey disables over 300 different Windows Hot-Keys.

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 24, 2002

Contact: Duane Fahey

Visual Automation, Inc.


Grand Ledge, MI

Visual Automation, Inc. today releases ColdKey(TM) for Windows 2000/XP. ColdKey runs as a tray icon utility to disable over 300 different hot-key combinations.

A Different Goal Than Secure Desktop

Secure Desktop has always been a product designed as a full desktop security solution. ColdKey is our solution for customers who just want to disable various hot-key combinations. Period.

ColdKey Is Very Simple

ColdKey runs as a tray icon in the Windows Explorer shell. It is not designed to work with Secure Desktop, which has hot-key disabling built within it. With ColdKey, there is one tabbed dialog with lists and lists of over 300 different hot-keys. Simply check the hot-key combinations that you want to disable and that's it!

For Those Who Use The Windows Policy Manager

The Windows Policy Manager provides many features for securing the Windows desktop. With ColdKey, you can now disable over 300 different hot-key combinations, giving you even more control over the Windows user interface.

For Independant Software Vendors And Original Equipment Manufacturers

ColdKey is ideal for software or hardware companies that need to easily disable Windows hot-keys. Please contact Visual Automation for volume licensing information.

Availability and Pricing

ColdKey is available direct from Visual Automation, Inc. or any of its authorized resellers at the list price of $195 USD, 5-pack of $700, and 10-pack of $1,275 immediately. Online purchasing is available via Digital River at

System Requirements

ColdKey is designed for Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Features may vary slightly between different operating systems.

About Visual Automation, Inc.

Visual Automation, Inc. is a provider of security software products. Founded in 1994, the privately held company is recognized worldwide as a leader in Windows desktop security. Products include Secure Desktop 6 for Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0/2000/XP and iLock for Windows 95/98/ME, a desktop security solution for home & classroom. New products include ColdKey for Windows 2000/XP and iLockNess for the Windows version of Mozilla. Companies worldwide depend on Visual Automation products for their desktop security needs.

Secure Desktop, iLock, ColdKey, and iLockNess are trademarks of Visual Automation, Inc. Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Screenshots at