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 NCLAUNCH.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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NCLAUNCH.EXe file information

Windows Task Manager with NCLAUNCH
NCLAUNCH.EXe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NCLaunch or Launcher belongs to software Northcode NCLaunch or Northern Codeworks NCLaunch or SWF Studio Launcher by Northcode ( or Northern Codeworks.

Description: NCLAUNCH.EXe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. NCLAUNCH.EXe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The NCLAUNCH.EXe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as NCLAUNCH.EXe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the NCLAUNCH.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

I created it. It consumes NO resources while running and never sends anything information out from your machine. It's not a trojan/spyware/keylogger (as some people seem to think) and it doesn't do anything malicious. It is installed by screensavers created with older versions of SWF Studio ( to allow the screensaver to launch applications and HTML pages when the screensaver ends. If you want more information about what it does or how to remove it, just contact Northcode support!
  Tim Goss   (further information)
This process always runs on my machine. I have a nice 3D fall/autumn screensaver. Doesnt seem to harm PC. I have scanned numerous times using Norton AntiVirus 2008, Uniblue SpyEraser, SUPERAntiSpyware, and Malwarebytes' AntiMalware using latest definitions, none of them see this process as a threat. ZoneAlarm doesn't catch this process ever sending information out. It only takes up 3.4M of ram, I have 2GBs and typically I don't even use 25% of that. If I need the ram, I'll kill it, otherwise, it doesn't bother me.
ZDF Heute clock screensaver
NCLAUNCH.EXe is a trojan! Is a fake file writed in uppercase (but last letter...)
INstalled to my PC when downloading cat licking screensaver from '', so can vouch for all the above 'Flash' comments.
I got it from a "maxim-girls" screensaver. Uninstalled screensaver because it wasn't very good. nclaunch.exe stayed, now my pc freezes up. I have a p4 2.4g w/1gig of RAM/cable
Keylogger, Printscreen taker, sends the information. Opens up cmd - ipconfig repetedly. Can be found in c,d:\windows\nclaunch.exe
  Pelle Svensson  
After i install bbc 2007 screen saver this turn up
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of NCLAUNCH.EXe: based on 27 votes with 9 reviews. 16 users think NCLAUNCH.EXe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think NCLAUNCH.EXe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade NCLAUNCH.EXe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving NCLAUNCH issues

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