What is ZuneLauncher.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 ZuneLauncher.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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ZuneLauncher.exe file information

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

The process known as Zune Auto-Launcher belongs to software Zune by Microsoft (

Description: ZuneLauncher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ZuneLauncher.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,552 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 159,456 bytes and 7 more variants. 
ZuneLauncher.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The ZuneLauncher.exe file is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the software Zune using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Related to the Zune software
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Summary: Average user rating of ZuneLauncher.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks ZuneLauncher.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ZuneLauncher issues

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