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What does the gcasDtServ.exe file do?

The gcasDtServ.exe process is also known as Microsoft AntiSpyware Data Service and is a part of Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta (Version 1)). This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of gcasDtServ.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 gcasDtServ.exe Microsoft AntiSpyware Data service

gcasDtServ.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file gcasDtServ.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (often C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 756,552 bytes (71% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 748,352 bytes.
You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. This gcasDtServ program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The gcasDtServ file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. GcasDtServ.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 20% 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 gcasDtServ.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 gcasDtServ?

Now part of the Microsoft Anti-spyware Beta (further information...)
Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP]
Isn't this Microsoft's new anti-spyware beta program which I did install
Microsoft Anti-Spyware (further information...)
Daniel Mietzschke
Belongs to new Microsoft Antispyware tool (beta as of Jan 2005) (further information...)
Steffen Hornung
Microsoft now own Giant and distribute it as their own product. However, my system has run slow and locked up since I loaded it.
David Bedford

Summary: 67 users judge gcasDtServ.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 9 users consider it harmless. However, 14 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 22 users have already deleted gcasDtServ.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Microsoft AntiSpyware)

gcasDtServ.exe Microsoft AntiSpyware Data service fix

To remove Microsoft AntiSpyware Data service 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 Microsoft AntiSpyware) in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if gcasDtServ.exe (Microsoft AntiSpyware Data service) 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 Microsoft AntiSpyware Data service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft AntiSpyware Data service 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 gcasDtServ.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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