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:
- Opera Internet Browser has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Opera Internet Browser has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- launcher.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module launcher.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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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.
- A launcher.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 1,493,592 bytes (16% of all these files), 1,439,832 bytes as well as 21 other variants. The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. The launcher file is not part of the Windows operating system. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. Launcher.exe is capable of monitor other applications.
- A launcher.exe file has a 10% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 44,128 bytes (46% of all these files), 44,168 bytes, 44,136 bytes, 40,072 bytes or, as the case may be, 291,909 bytes. This launcher.exe process is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The launcher file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: TaskScheduler, MACHINE\RunOnce, Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). This file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties).
- A launcher.exe file has a 19% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 10,583,000 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 6,056,496 bytes.
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! |
|32 bit setup laquncher |
|It's a file associated with RedStrike UltraWipe |
|Webshots desktop icon to automatically change your dektop, calendar, screensaver, etc. Webshots is a nifty, harmless program. (further information...) |
|If the file is here C:\Program Files\Webshots then its for WebShots a screen saver and wallpaper changer (further information...) |
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.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Opera Stable or soft thinks Launcher in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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.