What is Application Launcher.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Application Launcher.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Application Launcher.exe file information

The process known as HTC Sync belongs to software Sony Ericsson PC Suite or HTC Sync or PC Suite for Sony Ericsson or Sony Ericsson PC Suite for by Teleca Sweden AB ( or Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (

Description: Application Launcher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Application Launcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 159,744 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 598,016 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Application Launcher.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Application Launcher.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

  ali coskun  
graphics DLL
  Herbert Glawischnig  
Used by HTC Sync for Android phones
HTC Sync installed it along with several other resource hogging files that run all the time. I don't sync My HTC Hero phone anymore, so I dumped it.
  Rocky Drown  
error after removal of spy-where terminator

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Summary: Average user rating of Application Launcher.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think Application Launcher.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Application Launcher issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Application Launcher. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Application Launcher.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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