What is AutoLaunch.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 AutoLaunch.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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AutoLaunch.exe file information

The process known as Iomega HotBurn Auto Launch Program or AutoLaunch Service for Windows (version 2000 & Windows 98) or Ad-Aware Autolaunch belongs to software Iomega HotBurn or Ad-Aware by Iomega ( or Walter Oney Software ( or Lavasoft AB (

Description: AutoLaunch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The AutoLaunch.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 131,072 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 126,976 bytes or 669,936 bytes. 
The AutoLaunch.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Runonce). The program has no visible window. AutoLaunch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Ad-Aware occur, you may also do the following:
  1) completely remove it (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) search the support area on the Lavasoft website.

Recommended: Identify AutoLaunch.exe related errors

If AutoLaunch.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 106,496 bytes. The program is not visible. The AutoLaunch.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. AutoLaunch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AutoLaunch.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AutoLaunch.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

For Iomega CD Burner, it detects when you put a blank CD into the Iomega drive, then will automagically open the iomega CD Burner program
Like John said, its the HotBurn Pro autoinsert kernel. HotBurn Pro is a $50 program. Here is a link to the software:
  Craig   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of AutoLaunch.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think AutoLaunch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving AutoLaunch issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AutoLaunch. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 AutoLaunch.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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