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What does the DSentry.exe file do?

The DSentry.exe process is also known as DVDSentry and is a part of Dell - DVDSentry or, as the case may be, WinDVD-4.0-GBL-R2. This software is produced by Dell - Advanced Desktop Engineering (www.dell.com). An obsolete or defective version of DSentry.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about DSentry.exe DVDSentry

DSentry.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file DSentry.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. The file size is 28,672 bytes.
This DSentry program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). DSentry.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. DSentry.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 35% 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 DSentry.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 DSentry?

seems like it comes pre-installed on Dell computers with DVD drives
Came with Dell laptop. Watches for DVD's to be inserted. I vaguely recall reading something about Dell installing it because some DVD's were installing malware on their machines and it is supposed to prevent this from happening.
i know that it's apart of the DVDsentry application and i do not believe that it's harmful. The weird thing is my computer seems to access it every minute or less
This can be removed from a command window: MsiExec.exe /I{98DF85D9-96C0-4F57-A92E-C3539477EF5E}

Summary: One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Dell - DVDSentry or WinDVD-4.0-GBL-R2

DSentry.exe DVDSentry fix

To remove DVDSentry from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Dell - DVDSentry or WinDVD-4.0-GBL-R2 in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if DSentry.exe (DVDSentry) 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 DVDSentry. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for DVDSentry 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 DSentry.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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