What does the dca-ua.exe file do?
The dca-ua.exe process is also known as Compete DCA Update Agent and is a part of Compete DCA Update Agent or, as the case may be, Upromise TurboSaver. This software is produced by Compete (www.compete.com). An obsolete or defective version of dca-ua.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Compete DCA Update Agent has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Compete DCA Update Agent 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)
- dca-ua.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dca-ua.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dca-ua.exe Compete DCA Update Agent
dca-ua.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file dca-ua.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 175,800 bytes (25% of all these files), 179,896 bytes, 267,584 bytes or, as the case may be, 81,920 bytes.
This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. This particular software is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: Run). The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). For this reason, 33% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 dca-ua.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 dca-ua?
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 Compete DCA Update Agent or Upromise TurboSaver
To remove Compete DCA Update Agent from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Compete DCA Update Agent or Upromise TurboSaver in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if dca-ua.exe (Compete DCA Update Agent) 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 Compete DCA Update Agent. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Compete DCA Update Agent 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 dca-ua.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.