at http://www.softthinks.com .
"SoftThinks is the industry leader in Software Deployment and Recovery solutions.
Dedicated to providing state-of-the-art software to some of the largest OEMs in desktops, notebooks and tablet PCs, SoftThinks mission is to provide simple effective solutions to meets the needs of all OEMs.
Founded in 2000, SoftThinks has grown rapidly to support a portfolio of the world?s largest companies in the computer industry.
HP, Compaq, eMachines, Gateway, ViewSonic, Alienware, Best Buy, MicroCenter, Dixon, ZT Group, Seneca Data, Tatung and many more are part of the SoftThinks family of OEMs."
So it looks like it is software to do with the 3rd party trial and other OEM software that came pre-installed on your Vista computer. Which means that it probably isn't a malware infection of any sort.
However the softthinks site doesn't give too much away and says nothing about the launcher.exe program. Is there anything else in that C:\Windows\SMINST folder that could give a clue, eg a ReadMe, or any other txt file?
I have a HP compaq notebook (1.8Ghz duo centrino, 2G RAM) with windows vista home premium. In the startup programs list I found a file called launcher.exe with these details
File Name: launcher.exe
Display Name: soft thinks Launcher
Publisher: soft thinks
Digitally Signed By: NOT SIGNED
File Type: Application
Startup Value: C:\Windows\SMINST\launcher.exe
File Path: C:\Windows\SMINST\launcher.exe
File Size: 44168
File Version: 1, 0, 0, 16
Date Installed: 5/8/2007 4:07:22 PM
Startup Type: Registry: Local Machine
Classification: Not yet classified
Ships with Operating System: No
SpyNet Voting: In Progress
I searched on the net and there seem to be divided opinion if this is a spyware or not. I run AVG anti-spyware, spybot and antivir regularly and they have not reported anything. any ideas?
thanks in advance