What does the dsca.exe file do?
The dsca.exe process is also known as Dell Support Center (Support Software) and is a part of Dell Support Center. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of dsca.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Dell Support Center has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Dell Support Center 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)
- dsca.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dsca.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dsca.exe Dell Support Center
dsca.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Dsca.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\.
The file size is 16,384 bytes.
This dsca.exe process is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. It does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. dsca.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. For this reason, 30% 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 dsca.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 dsca?
|It pops up eacth time - purchsed your Registry Booster 2009 and it still pops up ? Why doesn't your product work ? |
|The application failed to initalize properly (0xc000007b) |
|It's a Dell Support Center item, so it's only on Dell computers |
|APPLICATION ERROR |
|So! I had this crappy error on Windows Vista. Just go to the start up bar. In the search bar at the bottom type in MSCONFIG a screen will pop up behind your other windows. Click on the start-up tab on the MSCONFIG program and scroll until you see the Support Utility. If you make the program locations stuff at the top bigger, you can see more clearly where it says dell support. Check it off and restart. Then you'll be all set. I'm not sure but I think this error happens after warranty runs out. My warranty just ran out a few days ago and I started to get this error. Link was confusing. :( (further information...) |
|Dell Support Center (Support Software (further information...) |
Summary: One user judges dsca.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted dsca.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Dell Support Center
To remove Dell Support Center 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 Dell Support Center in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if dsca.exe (Dell Support Center) 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 Dell Support Center. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Dell Support Center 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 dsca.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.