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 launcher.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.
The process known as Uniblue Launcher or VistaLauncher or Acer Assist Launcher or Blizzard Launcher or PS QL Launcher or Opera Internet Browser or J2SE Runtime Environment (version 5.0 Update 5, 5.0 Update 6) or OEAPI Launcher or SDMSSplash
belongs to software soft thinks Launcher or Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC (version 2009) or Dell DataSafe Local Backup or Uniblue RegistryBooster (version 2010) or J2SE Runtime Environment (version 5.0 Update 3, 5.0 Update 6) or Acer Assist or Protector Suite QL or Webshots Desktop or Opera Stable or ASUS Launcher or World of Warcraft or livePCsupport or SDMSSplash or FEAR Extraction Point or Gateway Recovery Center Installer or Blizzard Launcher
by soft thinks (www.softthinks.com) or Uniblue Systems (www.uniblue.com) or UPEK (www.authentec.com) or Blizzard Entertainment (blizzard.com) or Sun Microsystems (www.sun.com) or Acer (www.acer.com) or Opera Software (www.opera.com) or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or CNET Networks (www.cnet.com) or Comodo Security Solutions (www.comodo.com) or HP_SDMS or Nektra S.A (www.nektra.com) or TimeGate Studios.
Description: Launcher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file launcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mainly C:\Program Files\Webshots\).
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 598,016 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 67,456 bytes and 69 more variants.
The file is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce, Run, MACHINE\Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Runonce). It is certified by a trustworthy company. Launcher.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If launcher.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 3% dangerous. The file size is 44,128 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 44,168 bytes and 4 more variants. The program has a visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce, Run, MACHINE\Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Runonce). The launcher.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The launcher.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company.
If launcher.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 73,216 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 1,634,304 bytes and 7 more variants. Launcher.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Launcher.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.
If launcher.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 259,072 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 8,699,728 bytes and 7 more variants.
If launcher.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 51% dangerous. The file size is 98,304 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes, 94,208 bytes, 90,112 bytes or 95,232 bytes.
If launcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 86,016 bytes.
If launcher.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 59,392 bytes.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as launcher.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Worm.Win32.AutoRun.bdep (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Gen or Backdoor.Trojan (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the launcher.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with launcher. 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 launcher.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.