What is LaunchAp.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 LaunchAp.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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LaunchAp.exe file information

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

The process known as LaunchAp MFC Application or LAUNCHAP belongs to software LaunchAp Application or LAUNCHAP Application by unknown.

Description: LaunchAp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. LaunchAp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in the "C:\Program Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (98% of all occurrences), 20,480 bytes or 315,392 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with LaunchAp.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAcer Launch Manager or Launch Manager, contact Customer Service or search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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

This is part of "Launch Manager", a keyboard hotkey manager for notebooks. It is harmless.
launch manager, wird zur überwachung von z.b. pers. buttons bei notebooks verwendet. nicht gefährlich medion md96500 benutzt launchap
  muff   (further information)
Part of Acer Launch Manager Application
Programmable keys on Acer, Fujitsu, Medion and other laptops. Its located on \Program Files\Launch Manager
  Joe   (further information)
C:\Programme\Launch Manager\LaunchAp.exe - Der Hersteller Acer liefert den Launch Manager bei den meisten seiner Laptop-Modelle standardmäßig mit. Diese Anwendung ermöglicht es, die Funktionen der Schnellstart-Tasten (Hotkeys) z.B. E-Mail, Internet, P1, P2, BT, WLAN) zu konfigurieren. Sollten Sie ein Produkt, das mit programmierbaren Tasten ausgestattet ist, besitzen und sich die "LaunchAp.exe" im vorher genannten Verzeichnis befindet, stellt diese keine Bedrohung für Ihren Computer dar. Bitte lesen Sie den angeführten Hinweis. Keine Gewähr für die Richtigkeit dieses Statements.
  RacingDad   (further information)
Acer Launch Manager, comes with new notebooks
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LaunchAp is a program for Acer laptop that allows you to use special keys (the Fn key combinations). - Nederlands: LaunchAp is een programma voor Acer laptops dat het gebruik van speciale toetsen (de Fn-toetscombinaties)

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Summary: Average user rating of LaunchAp.exe: based on 7 votes with 8 user comments. 4 users think LaunchAp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving LaunchAp issues

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