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What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,376
United States Rank #35,304
Reach 0.0019%


1.5.1000 13.16%
1.3.3000 5.26%
1.2.6000 2.63%
1.1.9000 78.95%

PlayNC Launcher

What is PlayNC Launcher?  (from NCsoft)

The NCSOFT Launcher lets you launch NCSOFT games, download new NCSOFT games, automatically download game updates without interrupting your gameplay, and keep up with the latest NCSOFT news. Updates are automatically managed by the NCSOFT Launcher using trickle technology so you can continue playing while the updates ar...  Read more


PlayNC Launcher is a software program developed by NCsoft. The most common release is 1.1.9000, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named nclauncher.exe. The setup package generally installs about 13 files and is usually about 5.42 MB (5,687,154 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 62% of users of PlayNC Launcher come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.plaync.com
Help link: support.plaync.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NCSoft\Launcher
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{5F8E2CBB-949D-4175-AC98-5ADE7F6C9697}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 5.42 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by PlayNC Launcher

Program executable:nclauncher.exe
Name:NCSOFT Launcher
Path:C:\Program Files\ncsoft\launcher\nclauncher.exe
Additional files:
  • AllowFoldersToBeUpdated.exe - Allow Folders To Be Patched (Allow Folders To Be Updated)
  • nclauncher.copy.exe - PlayNC Launcher
  • NCAccess.exe - NCAccess
  • NLog.dll (by NLog) - NLog - .NET Logging Library (NLog for .NET 2.0)
  • NC.Bootstrap.exe - NC.BootStrap
  • _Launcher.exe - NCLauncher
  • NC.Logging.dll
  • UnRar.Net.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • NCLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DFDBE8ED-4244-4A39-9094-6A961B9773AD}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • NCLauncher.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'NCsoft Launcher' and executes as C:\Program Files\NCSoft\Launcher\NCLauncher.exe /Minimized.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • _Launcher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NCSoft\Launcher\_Launcher.exe'.
  • NCLauncher.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NCsoft\Launcher\NCLauncher.exe'.
Network connections
  • NCLauncher.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:88.91 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0066067420%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00431233%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00229442%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:136,937,207
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:24.28 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:26.82 MB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove PlayNC Launcher?

You can uninstall PlayNC Launcher from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PlayNC Launcher, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PlayNC Launcher.

Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win 7 3%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 47.37%
Windows Vista 34.21%
Windows XP 10.53%
Windows 10 7.89%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 34.21%
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.58%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.53%
Windows 7 Professional 7.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.89%
Windows 8 5.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.00%
  United Kingdom 8.00%
  Canada 6.00%
  France 4.00%
  Germany 4.00%
  Brazil 2.00%
  Norway 2.00%
  Australia 2.00%
  Portugal 2.00%
  Romania 2.00%
  Israel 2.00%
  Netherlands 2.00%
  Ireland 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.30%
Dell 24.24%
Intel 6.06%
Samsung 6.06%
Acer 6.06%
ASUS 6.06%
American Megatrends 3.03%
Toshiba 3.03%
Gateway 3.03%
Common models
Dell Dell DXP061 5.88%
Biostar 945GC Micro 775 2.94%
ASUSTeK G750JW 2.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite L300 2.94%
MSI MS-7309 2.94%
LG Electronics E500-K.APS... 2.94%


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