What is LaunchApp.exe?

The genuine LaunchApp.exe file is a software component of Mainstream Keyboard by Hewlett-Packard.
An add-on for the HP Mainstream Keyboard, this application runs in the background and monitors for certain keystrokes. When a certain hotkey is pressed, it automatically launches the application associated with the key. LaunchApp also has a user interface that allows you to assign various applications to different keys on the Mainstream Keyboard. Based in Palo Alto, California, HP has been the world's leading PC manufacturer since 2007.

LaunchApp stands for Launch Application

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 LaunchApp.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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LaunchApp.exe file information

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

The process known as Launch a application belongs to software HP MAINSTREAM KEYBOARD or HP Keyboard by Hewlett-Packard ( or CHICOY.

Description: LaunchApp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. LaunchApp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 385,024 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). LaunchApp.exe is not a Windows core file. LaunchApp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also remove the entire program HP MAINSTREAM KEYBOARD or HP Keyboard using Windows Control Panel.

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If LaunchApp.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 379,392 bytes. The software has no file description. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The LaunchApp.exe file is not a Windows system file. LaunchApp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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


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Best practices for resolving LaunchApp issues

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