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What does the launcher.exe file do?

The launcher.exe process is also known as Opera Internet Browser or, as the case may be, VistaLauncher and is a part of Opera Stable or, as the case may be, soft thinks Launcher. This software is produced by Opera Software (www.opera.com) or, as the case may be, soft thinks (www.softthinks.com). An obsolete or defective version of launcher.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about launcher.exe Opera Internet Browser

launcher.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Launcher.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 163,040 bytes (8% of all these files), 165,184 bytes as well as 34 other variants.
It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: TaskScheduler, MACHINE\RunOnce, Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. Launcher.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 18% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves launcher.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about launcher?

UltraWipe is an advanced Windows utility from www.RedStrike.com, that enables complete removal of sensitive data from the hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns while recovering disk space. UltraWipe protects the userís privacy on the system and the Internet by automatically cleaning up the browser's cache, cookies, history, recent document list, free space, DRAM and much more!
MrJones
32 bit setup laquncher
It's a file associated with RedStrike UltraWipe
JFRC
Webshots desktop icon to automatically change your dektop, calendar, screensaver, etc. Webshots is a nifty, harmless program. (further information...)
Paul
If the file is here C:\Program Files\Webshots then its for WebShots a screen saver and wallpaper changer (further information...)
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Summary: 14 users judge launcher.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted launcher.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Opera Stable or soft thinks Launcher

To remove Opera Internet Browser from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Opera Stable or soft thinks Launcher in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if launcher.exe (Opera Internet Browser) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Opera Internet Browser. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Opera Internet Browser or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or launcher.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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