What does the DSAPI.exe file do?
The DSAPI.exe process is also known as PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API or, as the case may be, Dell Hardware Support and is a part of PC-Doctor for Windows. This software is produced by PC-Doctor (www.pc-doctor.com). An obsolete or defective version of DSAPI.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API 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)
- DSAPI.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module DSAPI.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about DSAPI.exe PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API
DSAPI.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. DSAPI.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 935,744 bytes (22% of all these files), 1,035,072 bytes as well as 7 other variants.
It is the service "Dell Hardware Support".
The DSAPI file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The application is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file does not supply any version information or other description. For this reason, 40% 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 DSAPI.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 DSAPI?
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 PC-Doctor for Windows
To remove PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API 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 PC-Doctor for Windows in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if DSAPI.exe (PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API) 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 PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for PC-Doctor Dell SupportAssist API 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 DSAPI.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.
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