What is LaunchPad.exe?

The genuine LaunchPad.exe file is a software component of LaunchPad Application by SanDisk.
LaunchPad.exe is an executable file that runs the LaunchPad program, a program manager for the Windows platform that is preinstalled on U3 Smart Drives. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. LaunchPad enables users to quickly find and manage programs and files located on their U3 Smart Drives. The program can be used to install, uninstall and update U3 programs such as Internet browsers, email clients, utility programs, business applications, photo editors and viewers, games, etc. All U3 programs can be accessed through LaunchPad. Launchpad provides password protection as well as data encryption, protecting all data on U3 Smart Drives. The SanDisk corporation is an American company that manufactures flash memory storage devices. SanDisk was established in 1988 by Sanjay Mehrotra, Dr. Eli Harari and Jack Yuan. The company produces storage devices are that sold at more than 250,000 retail outlets in over 100 countries. SanDisk is currently headquartered in Milpitas, California, USA.

LaunchPad stands for LaunchPad 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 LaunchPad.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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LaunchPad.exe file information

The process known as LaunchPad Application or LaunchPa Application or U3 Launchpad or Windows Server Computer Launchpad belongs to software LaunchPad Application or LaunchPa Application or Microsoft Windows Operating System by U3 ( or Microsoft (

Description: LaunchPad.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The LaunchPad.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 4,603,904 bytes and 9 more variants. 
There is no file information. The file is not a Windows system file. LaunchPad.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with LaunchPad.exe, you can also remove the entire program Launch Pad or WINDOWS SERVER SOLUTIONS using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify LaunchPad.exe related errors

If LaunchPad.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 23% dangerous. The file size is 4,603,904 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 2,600,960 bytes and 4 more variants. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The file is not a Windows system file. LaunchPad.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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

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It launches Star Wars Galaxies. An online role playing game.
Its the everquest launcher
it is U3 Application running on Disk on Key
  Nathaniel Nutman   (further information)
LaunchPad.exe loads with my U3 SanDisc JumpDrive.... seems harmless enough
U3 Application running on a USB
  R Edwards   (further information)
It's an application for U3 SanDisc thumb card
LaunchPad was installed when I plugged in my new SanDisk Cruzer thumb drive for the first time. It's something to do with their U3 technology.
  David Knapton  
It's a program used for launching certain games.
ATI Multimedia
  Rob   (further information)
LaunchPad.exe is a U3 application for SmartDrives
  Brook Monroe   (further information)
Came with my SanDisk cruzer flash drive
Launchpad.exe is a component of SanDisk's U3 flash drive software.
Menuing utility created by SanDisk installed on their flash drives for selecting and running portable applications independently of the operating system the flash drive is connected to.
  Jim Dodson  
Check this website: which indicates that sometimes it is used for flash drives.
  Mopfog   (further information)
Autoloader distributed with older USB pen drives.
It is U3 Application running on pendrive
  Tato Santos  
it launches from my u3 flash drive
The U3 Launchpad is a program manager that is preinstalled on every U3 smart drive, and is set to autoplay on insertion.
  .ro0ster   (further information)
Launchpad.exe supposedly from my U3 ScanDisk thumb drive just tried to access the internet....why?! Must be spying on me, I deem it spyware.
Runs upon insertion of SanDisk flashdrive. Shuts down when flash dive is ejected.
From Mac
  Jake Handson  
Its for many game launchers such as everquest 2 and is not harmful.
  Scarlet Joahannson or whatevr  
it is on SanDisk USB drive
It is a windows server computer launchpad. Located in C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\Launchpad.exe
  Bigharps   (further information)
Part of many game launchers such as star wars the old republic or dc universe. Important process.
  Mr Magoo  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of LaunchPad.exe: based on 28 votes with 26 user comments. 8 users think LaunchPad.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 15 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks LaunchPad.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade LaunchPad.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving LaunchPad issues

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