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What is this: %WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe

  1. #1


    RollTide1017 Guest

    What is this: %WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe

    Just bought a new PC 2 days ago with Vista Home Premium installed. I have
    barely started using it and installed SpyBot: Search & Destroy to help
    protect against spyware. SpyBot detects it (%WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe) as
    a system startup file in the "HK_LM:RunOnce" key and says it is a potential
    dangerous virus, spyware, malware or other resource hog.

    I went to the dir and looked at the properties of the "launcher.exe" file.
    It was created on 4/23/07, 4 months before I even bought the computer (which
    is a Gateway PC from Circuit City). This is what made me suspicious because,
    why would a PC come with spyware pre-installed. I'm not that familiar with
    Vista yet so, I'm wondering if SpyBot is mistakenly identifying this file.
    Just need some help figuring out what this file is and if it is really
    dangerous. Anyone have any ideas?


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Spirit Guest

    Re: What is this: %WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe

    I have two launcher.exe - one put there by Toshiba and the other
    by Java. I suspect your version was put there by your system
    maker.

    "RollTide1017" <RollTide1017@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:888DD573-98DA-41B4-8014-42E74617E42D@microsoft.com...
    > Just bought a new PC 2 days ago with Vista Home Premium installed. I have
    > barely started using it and installed SpyBot: Search & Destroy to help
    > protect against spyware. SpyBot detects it (%WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe) as
    > a system startup file in the "HK_LM:RunOnce" key and says it is a potential
    > dangerous virus, spyware, malware or other resource hog.
    >
    > I went to the dir and looked at the properties of the "launcher.exe" file.
    > It was created on 4/23/07, 4 months before I even bought the computer (which
    > is a Gateway PC from Circuit City). This is what made me suspicious because,
    > why would a PC come with spyware pre-installed. I'm not that familiar with
    > Vista yet so, I'm wondering if SpyBot is mistakenly identifying this file.
    > Just need some help figuring out what this file is and if it is really
    > dangerous. Anyone have any ideas?
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Paul Russell Guest

    Re: What is this: %WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe

    proibably an OEM applet

    right click the file and see if there are properties which make sense

    "RollTide1017" <RollTide1017@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:888DD573-98DA-41B4-8014-42E74617E42D@microsoft.com...
    > Just bought a new PC 2 days ago with Vista Home Premium installed. I have
    > barely started using it and installed SpyBot: Search & Destroy to help
    > protect against spyware. SpyBot detects it (%WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe)
    > as
    > a system startup file in the "HK_LM:RunOnce" key and says it is a
    > potential
    > dangerous virus, spyware, malware or other resource hog.
    >
    > I went to the dir and looked at the properties of the "launcher.exe" file.
    > It was created on 4/23/07, 4 months before I even bought the computer
    > (which
    > is a Gateway PC from Circuit City). This is what made me suspicious
    > because,
    > why would a PC come with spyware pre-installed. I'm not that familiar
    > with
    > Vista yet so, I'm wondering if SpyBot is mistakenly identifying this file.
    > Just need some help figuring out what this file is and if it is really
    > dangerous. Anyone have any ideas?
    >



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Engel Guest

    RE: What is this: %WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe

    Hello RollTide,

    Very interesting reading here

    PC Decrapifier
    http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/home
    - -- ---



    "RollTide1017" wrote:

    > Just bought a new PC 2 days ago with Vista Home Premium installed. I have
    > barely started using it and installed SpyBot: Search & Destroy to help
    > protect against spyware. SpyBot detects it (%WINDIR%\SMINST\launcher.exe) as
    > a system startup file in the "HK_LM:RunOnce" key and says it is a potential
    > dangerous virus, spyware, malware or other resource hog.
    >
    > I went to the dir and looked at the properties of the "launcher.exe" file.
    > It was created on 4/23/07, 4 months before I even bought the computer (which
    > is a Gateway PC from Circuit City). This is what made me suspicious because,
    > why would a PC come with spyware pre-installed. I'm not that familiar with
    > Vista yet so, I'm wondering if SpyBot is mistakenly identifying this file.
    > Just need some help figuring out what this file is and if it is really
    > dangerous. Anyone have any ideas?
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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