What is DNSCST.exe?

The genuine DNSCST.exe file is a software component of DNSCST Module by Dell.
An additional configuration program for your Dell Laser printer, this applications starts with Windows and runs in the background. It allows you to save various settings regarding the performance and implementation of your Dell printer. The user interface can be accessed through the Windows system tray. Disabling or uninstalling this application will not hinder your printer from functioning, but it will prevent certain functions from working. Founded in 1984, Dell is located in Round Rock, Texas, and produces hundreds of different types of hardware and software for consumers and businesses alike. Worldwide, Dell employs over 100,000 people.

DNScSt stands for Dell Network Scanner Software Module

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 DNSCST.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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DNSCST.exe file information

The process known as DNSCST Module belongs to software DNSCST Module by Dell (

Description: DNSCST.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DNSCST.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 278,528 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. DNSCST.exe is not a Windows system file. DNSCST.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify DNSCST.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DNSCST.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DNSCST.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.


User Comments

Part of the Dell printersoftware
Dell Network application for scanning documents to PC
  twiz   (further information)
Dell Network Scanner Applet for several printer/scanners/mfp's including the 1600n
  Paul Peters  
Required to print to Dell Network Printer
I have a Dell MPF 1815dn printer. I assume the DNSCST.exe file was installed with other driver files. I test printed a doc after ending the process of this exe file without problems. The file could control ink saving, or orientation and other features, these were not tested
As mentioned, it's part of the Dell All-In-One network scanning function. It allows the printer to find your computer as a destination when starting the scan from the printer's control panel. Without it, your computer will not appear in the computer list on the printer. No other functions are affected.

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Summary: Average user rating of DNSCST.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. 5 users think DNSCST.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DNSCST issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DNSCST. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DNSCST.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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