What is launcher.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 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.

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Launcher.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with launcher
Launcher.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Uniblue Launcher or VistaLauncher or Opera Internet Browser or Acer Assist Launcher or Blizzard Launcher or PS QL Launcher or J2SE Runtime Environment (version 5.0 Update 5, 5.0 Update 6) or OEAPI Launcher or SDMSSplash or War Thunder Launcher

belongs to software soft thinks Launcher or Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC (version 2009) or Dell DataSafe Local Backup or Uniblue RegistryBooster (version 2010) or Opera Stable or J2SE Runtime Environment (version 5.0 Update 3, 5.0 Update 6) or Acer Assist or Protector Suite QL or Webshots Desktop or ASUS Launcher or World of Warcraft or War Thunder or livePCsupport or SDMSSplash or FEAR Extraction Point or Gateway Recovery Center Installer or Blizzard Launcher

by soft thinks ( or Uniblue Systems ( or Opera Software ( or UPEK ( or Blizzard Entertainment ( or Sun Microsystems ( or Acer ( or Microsoft ( or CNET Networks ( or Gaijin Entertainment or Comodo Security Solutions ( or HP_SDMS or Nektra S.A ( 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 (9% of all occurrences), 67,456 bytes and 77 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.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of launcher.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Webshots or Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the support area [1][2] of the Webshots website
  3) look for a new, improved version [1][2].

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External information from Paul Collins:
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.


User Comments

It seems to be associated with the browser "Opera" which I have just downloaded. When trying to run opera I get the message launcher.exe not found. When I search for launcher.exe I get search again in Libraries .... O Internet. Clicking on the later launches Opera executing a search for launcher.exe.
  Peter Holman  
It is a keylogger and what it also does is randomly press the esc key. really annoying when you want to go to a website and it stops loading, or when you can't do right clicks because it keeps pressing escape
it has been slowing my computer and messinf with my regedit
  brandon houk  
Believe it came from ---"Warcraft/Rein of Chaos" game disc. install/play ~~~~. Ralpharama---Your're right......
I don't think Uniblue's RegistryBooster uses this process, can check for more details about this software at the following location here.
  Mario   (further information)
its slows ur computer down
  richard baker  
In hp preloaded software systems it could be a recovery disk launcher i would disable until needed until further investigation if you own a Hp.
  Ariel   (further information)
I have never had any problems with it. It only became noticeable when I edited my startup processes and saw it. Nothing has come up since this, nor has anything of ill intent been associated with the file. I had not downloaded any of the mentioned applications that generates this file, so I honestly have no clue where it's from. It's not in any of my programs' core files, so it's definitely not necessary to run anything other than itself. I may look into it and remove it later if it's proven to be malignant.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of launcher.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 16 users think launcher.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think launcher.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade launcher.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving launcher issues

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 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 launcher.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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