What is LaunchPad.dll?

LaunchPad.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if LaunchPad.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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LaunchPad.dll file information

The process known as VDMSound LaunchPad Shell Extension belongs to software VDMSound (version 2.x) by unknown.

Description: LaunchPad.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file LaunchPad.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 618,496 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. LaunchPad.dll is not a Windows system file. LaunchPad.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall VDMSound from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify LaunchPad.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as LaunchPad.dll. Therefore, you should check the LaunchPad.dll 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

Sound support for DOS programs context menu
  Kender   (further information)
Virtual Dos Machine Sound - provides Sound driver to real mode programs.
  Robert   (further information)
Context menu shell extension for VDMSound
  Kender   (further information)
VDMSound is a soundcard emulator for Windows NT/2k DOS boxes. Works on 95/98NT/2k/XP.
  Vampire Heart   (further information)
I installed this deliberately to play old DOS sound
It´s not dangerous, I think it can be deleted without problem.
  Luís Allexander T M de Camargo  
se é um virus porque se alojou na barra de ferramentas e não estou conseguindo excluir da barra do meu visor

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Summary: Average user rating of LaunchPad.dll: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 5 users think LaunchPad.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks LaunchPad.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is 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 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 LaunchPad.dll 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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