launcher.exe and my firewall

  • Hi!
    My firewall (currently in learning mode) noticed me that >>launcher.exe try to get access to explorer.exe "in memory"<<.
    And I also get info that >>"opera.exe" try to run "launcher.exe"<<
    I know that launcher.exe run opera.exe, but what about opposite direction?
    And what Opera file launcher.exe "wants" from explorer.exe?
    Anybody has an idea?

  • As Opera just released an update I am betting that the Opera.exe program was passing the new folder locations to Launcher.exe. When Opera updates it created a new set of folders with the full version number as a name and leaves the old version's folder as a backup. So, it would need to let Launcher.exe know where the newest version of itself was being stored.

    As for Explorer.exe, that is the name of the Windows folder navigation application. When programs perform updates I am betting that they use it as part of the update process.

    Also, just so you know, software firewalls are basically junk and a waste of money.

  • Yes I agree "software firewalls are basically junk and a waste of money"

    I do use the Windows 10 Firewall, but I have a Hardware Firewall and a Server that just watches and if someone tries and attack my systems then hehehehe I send my Rottweiler after them :)

  • Also, just so you know, software firewalls are basically junk and a waste of money.

    Offtopic, but how can you say to your hardware FW, that it should detect interactions between processes or distinguish between different applications, accessing internetz? There was even good old Comodo, which could differentiate process parents - like block IE, if that was launched not from explorer, but from Office apps; unfortunately no current (free) firewall has such functionality left.

  • how can you say to your hardware FW, that it should detect interactions between processes or distinguish between different applications, accessing internet

    Generally, it doesn't matter. If you have some bogus crap on your system then having a firewall isn't going to help. In fact, it has already failed. A good hardware firewall should block you from even going to a website that hosts that stuff.
    Once it is on your computer you have already lost the battle. Most of that stuff is hyper-policing and gives you a warm-fuzzy and makes you feel like you are being protected but it doesn't actually do anything in the real world.

  • I know that launcher.exe run opera.exe, but what about opposite direction?
    And what Opera file launcher.exe "wants" from explorer.exe?

    Take a look at opera://gpu

  • Thanks for all replies!

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