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#1 Elendil

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 08:56 AM

I'm running a Windows Vista Home Premium Edition with AVG Free Antivirus, WinPatrol (Free), Windows Defender, the Windows Firewall, and Cyberhawk (Free).

1. I installed CyberHawk three days ago and ever time my computer reboots (or turns on after being shutdown), Cyberhawk alters me that LAUNCHER.EXE is trying to register itself in my Windows System Startup list. Cyberhawk gives me the following summary of the program:

Risk: HIGH
Application Name: Launcher - LAUNCHER.EXE
Path: C:\WINDOWS\SMINST


What should I do?

2. For the past two days (I think it's happened ever since I installed Cyberhawk and then rebooted/turned off my computer then turned it on), I get an error report for Windows Vista that Recovery has stopped working. I'm not quite sure what it is, so I'm wondering if it's related to LAUNCHER.EXE (I get the Windows Vista error immediately when I log onto my account followed by the Cyberhawk alert seconds later).

Are these two problems related?
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#2 buddy215

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:53 AM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/l...r.exe-2487.html
BC says this: Description: Spyware component related to DownloadWare and found in Program FilesKFH
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http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintas...brary/launcher/
launcher.exe is an executable belonging to many applications including Webshots- a Windows desktop downloader, Uinterface Mouselaunch- a file and application initiator, and also a hardware interface for Samsung products.

Note: launcher.exe is an advertising program by Intercort Systems. This process monitors your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups. This process is a security risk and should be removed from your system. Please see additional details regarding this process.

Why not start with uninstalling the CyberHawk program? Seems related.

Edited by buddy215, 19 August 2007 - 09:55 AM.

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