What does the dasHost.exe file do?
The dasHost.exe process is also known as Device Association Framework Provider Host and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Device Association Framework Provider Host. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of dasHost.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- dasHost.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- dasHost.exe has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- dasHost.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dasHost.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dasHost.exe dasHost.exe
dasHost.exe is a Windows system file. DasHost.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 64,000 bytes (33% of all these files), 70,144 bytes or, as the case may be, 64,512 bytes.
This file is part of the operating system. The file contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. For this reason, 3% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
dasHost.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "dasHost.exe." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!rfn (recognized by Microsoft), as well as Trojan.Gen (recognized by Symantec)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics: A dasHost.exe file has a 92% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 79,666 bytes. This dasHost program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: Run). This dasHost program is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. dasHost.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves dasHost.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about dasHost?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall the program or Device Association Framework Provider Host
To remove dasHost.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program or Device Association Framework Provider Host in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if dasHost.exe (dasHost.exe) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of dasHost.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for dasHost.exe or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or dasHost.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.