What is Launchy.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 Launchy.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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Launchy.exe file information

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

The process known as Launchy (version 2.5, 2.1.2) belongs to software Launchy by Code Jelly.

Description: Launchy.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Launchy.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 286,720 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 380,928 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. There is no description of the program. Launchy.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:
  1) uninstall Launchy software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)
  2) consult’s Customer Service for advice
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify Launchy.exe related errors

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

his program indexes the programs in your Start Menu, and then you can start any of those programs by typing ALT+SPACE and typing the name of the program. It's similar to the QuickSilver program which runs on the Mac.
  Jimlad   (further information)
A free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
  Paul   (further information)
Searchbox für Systemorder Wie bei Apple
Process realted to Launchy program which is an AWSOME prog by the way
sehr nützliches Tool (als Schnellstart von Programmen)
    (further information)
Such- und Startprogramm für Programme
  Egon Olsen  
Launchy indexes the programs in the start menu and can launch programs, documents, bookmarks, ... with just a few keystrokes
  frimp   (further information)
It has caused major issues resulting in a reimage of at least 2 different computers.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Launchy.exe: based on 9 votes with 8 user comments. 7 users think Launchy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks Launchy.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Launchy issues

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