What is direct.exe?

The genuine direct.exe file is a software component of Enterprise Provisioning Suite by Courion Corporation.
The DIRECT! Credential Provider offers Windows desktop pre-logon support. It is available as part of the Courion Enterprise Provisioning Suite, a bundle of software programs dedicated to extending functionality on Microsoft IT environments. Courion was founded in 1996 by Christophe Zannetos and Brian Milas. The company provides identity management software for administering security features such as passwords, user profiles, and digital certificates to large companies such as Boeing and the US Census Bureau.

DIRECT stands for DIRECT! Credential Provider

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the direct.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Direct.exe file information

The process known as DIRECT!® Credential Provider or Password Courier DIRECT! for Win32 belongs to software Identity Management Suite or Enterprise Provisioning Suite by Courion (

Description: Direct.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Direct.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,405 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 61,328 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The direct.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. Direct.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with direct.exe, you can also ask for help from Support, search for an update on the vendor’s website or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > DIRECT! CP or Courion PasswordCourier).

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If direct.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 1,513,472 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Direct.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as direct.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the direct.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving direct issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with direct. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the direct.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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