What is avlaunch.exe and how to Remove it?

If you are not sure about avlaunch.exe then let me tell you that this file belongs to Avast Antivirus. You may have noticed that the avlaunch.exe is running in the system background under Task Manager.   Services in Windows 10 are responsible for maintaining the proper functioning of the apps and settings installed on your computer. Services run in the background and facilitate the functionality of these applications. Nearly every application that you install on your Windows computer runs an associated service in the background.

Avlaunch.exe file process information

When you launch the task manager, you must have noticed the avlaunch.exe process. If you are wondering what this process is, here is a brief guide on avlaunch service, and how you can easily disable it from starting up on boot.

What is avlaunch.exe service?

The avlaunch.exe is the service associated with the Avast antivirus application. Avast is one of the best free antivirus software available for Windows and Mac, with a ton of different features available for use.

The avlaunch.exe service is actually a very important component of Avast antivirus software, as it is necessary to launch the program automatically. If the antivirus does not start automatically, your computer may be unprotected against threats, as malicious files can easily harm your device.

File Location

The default location of AvLaunch.exe is under C:\Program Files (x86)\AVAST Software\Avast\ folder.

Is Avlaunch.exe a virus?

As the name suggests, avlaunch.exe refers to an executable file for Avast. Like many other Windows executable components, some virus or other malicious files may either mimic the name of the service or replace the service altogether. This way, a virus can keep itself hidden without you detecting what it is, harming your computer in the process.

You can easily check if the file is a virus. You need to check the signature of the service, using third party verification tools Like Security Task Manager. Typically, you will find this file under the C:\Program Files (x86)\AVAST Software\Avast\ folder.

If you notice the file in any other folder or see that the system resource usage is typically higher, verify the signatures of the executable file and check if the file is a virus.

How to prevent avlaunch.exe from startup?

Even if avlaunch.exe has been verified as trusted, it still has the capability to monitor the activity of other applications. This makes it a threat to some extent if you do not wish to give information about the applications you use of your computer. Another instance when you may want to disable is if avlaunch.exe service takes up a lot of system resources when Windows boots.

If you see high CPU and memory usage when booting up, disable avlaunch.exe. In recent Windows 10 updates, the start-up items have been integrated within the task manager, and here are the simple steps that you can follow to disable avlaunch at boot:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the task manager.
  2. Click on More details if you see it open in the contracted view.
  3. Switch to the Startup
    Here you will find all the applications that load upon boot.
  4. Simply right-click on the process name, and select Disable.

Disable avlaunch process from task manager

If you notice that the system resource usage does not go down, you may have to uninstall the application completely from your computer. Go to the Programs and Features section of the control panel and uninstall the Avast antivirus and other programs associated with it. Upon restart, your error should be resolved.

How to Remove?

Avlaunch is not a part of Windows core files, so you should not have any difficulty removing it from your computer. Nevertheless, it is an important part of the Avast antivirus application. If you not using Avast or AVG antivirus on your system, then you may remove it safely.

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Click on Uninstall a Program
  3. Locate and double click on Avast or AVG
  4. Right-click and choose Uninstall

However, do note that running your computer without a proper antivirus can put your files and data at risk. Make sure that you are protected if your work involves browsing the internet regularly.

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