How to get rid of the dssagent VirusSometimes the dssagent file may cloak a virus, such as F-Secure found Gen:Variant.Adware.Buzy, as well as Sophos found Dcast Agent (PUA). If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with dssagent.exe
The dssagent.exe process is also known as Br°dcast background agent and is a part of Br°dcast background agent. This software is produced by Br°derbund Software (www.broderbund.com) or, as the case may be, The Learning Company (www.thelearningcompany.com). An obsolete or defective version of dssagent.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Br°dcast background agent has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Br°dcast background 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)
- dssagent.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dssagent.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dssagent.exe Br°dcast background agent
dssagent.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Dssagent.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 546,304 bytes (71% of all these files), 593,920 bytes or, as the case may be, 590,336 bytes.
It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 60% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find dssagent.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about dssagent?
|It is spyware from Broderbung software. Get rid of it, and it keeps coming back... |
|It periodically (every 3 minutes or so) uses all of the cpu resourses for a few seconds |
Summary: However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Br°dcast background agent
To remove Br°dcast background 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 Br°dcast background agent in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if dssagent.exe (Br°dcast background 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 Br°dcast background agent. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Br°dcast background 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 dssagent.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.