What is DVDLauncher.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 DVDLauncher.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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DVDLauncher.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DVDLauncher
DVDLauncher.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CyberLink PowerCinema Resident Program belongs to software Cyberlink PowerCinema or Intermec Data Collection by CyberLink (

Description: DVDLauncher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DVDLauncher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder—normally C:\Program Files\cyberlink\powerdvd\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 49,152 bytes, 57,344 bytes or 61,440 bytes. 
The DVDLauncher.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program has no visible window. DVDLauncher.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with DVDLauncher.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall Cyberlink PowerCinema or Intermec Data Collection from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) ask for help from Support
  3) look for a new, improved version.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

A process belonging to the Cyberlink PowerCinema video viewing software which allows you to play DVDs upon insertion. Non-essential process - and is installed for ease of use
When you put a DVD in the drive it lunches it
it simply used to play a dvd once inserted, if you only insert dvds to watch them, keep it. if you insert dvds to make backups and dont watch them, take it off.
Cyber Link PowerCinema Residant Program in Windows XP Multi-media Version Delivered Pre-loaded in my Dell 5100 PC.
  M Williams  
Cyber Link PowerCinema Residant Program in Windows XP Multi-media Version Delivered Pre-loaded in my Dell 6400 PC
when i had problems with a trojan (cia) this file seemed to be infected or the trojan used it to hide. i got no powercinema installed on my pc but nevertheless this file was watch out in which directory this file is in!!
Cyber Link PowerCinema Residant Program in Windows XP Multi-media Version Delivered Pre-loaded in my Dell 5100 PC   (further information)
When you put a DVD in the drive it lunches it
Runs at startup and background for DVD autoplay of proprietary media devices. Better off without it: disable disc player, remove process from Task Mgr, delete .exe file from Program folder. Where superceding applications can associate data type to drive, replace the run file within properties and re-enable unit through Device Manager. Test for operability, then uninstall program files, folder and OS/registry breadcrumbs.
  Gabrje M   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of DVDLauncher.exe: based on 11 votes with 9 user comments. 5 users think DVDLauncher.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DVDLauncher issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DVDLauncher. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DVDLauncher.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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