What is FL.exe?

The genuine FL.exe file is a software component of FL Studio by Image-Line.
This file activates the FL Studio engine. It provides the ability to read/write audio files and edit them as well. It allows functionality within the engine to create digital sounds, record, edit, arrange, and mix music and sound. Image Line began in 1994 as a private company that provides disk jockey mixing software, mobile software, website applications, and more.

FL stands for FL Studio engine launcher

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 FL.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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FL.exe file information

The process known as FL Studio engine launcher or Application belongs to software FL Studio (version 10, 6) or Folder LockIt by Image-Line ( or SfxTech.

Description: FL.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file FL.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 369,664 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 385,024 bytes, 380,536 bytes or 181,248 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. FL.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with FL.exe, you can do the following:
  1) remove the entire program FL Studio 10 or FL Studio 6 using Windows Control Panel
  2) search for help on the company's website.

Recommended: Identify FL.exe related errors

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

Folder lockit, app for locking or hiding directorys in your filesystem for more privacy
It's Imageline's FL Studio and it's not dangerous at all.
An excelent music production program. This runs FL itself
  maddis   (further information)
FL Studio engine launcher
Image-Line's FL Studio, a music making program.
  jessmanboo22   (further information)
Not dangoures
Music production program. Not dangerous
Executable for program FastLauncher from DvaSoft in C:\Program Files\Fast Launcher
  Fred   (further information)
Its a process for DvaSoft Fast Launcher program
It opens whilst FL Studio is running.
Is a DAW software to create music and consuming cpu or not depends on plugins used in this software
  dj emma ft  

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Summary: Average user rating of FL.exe: based on 15 votes with 11 user comments. 9 users think FL.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 FL issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FL. 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 FL.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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