What is dsca.exe?

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 dsca.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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Dsca.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dsca
Dsca.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Dell Support Center (Support Software) or Dell Support Center belongs to software Dell Support Center by unknown.

Description: Dsca.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dsca.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 16,384 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 40,960 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The dsca.exe file is not a Windows system file. dsca.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with dsca.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramDell Support Center.

Recommended: Identify dsca.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dsca.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Virus:Win32/Sality.G (detected by Microsoft), and PE_SALITY.AE (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the dsca.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

It pops up eacth time - purchsed your Registry Booster 2009 and it still pops up ? Why doesn't your product work ?
  Earl Hale  
The application failed to initalize properly (0xc000007b)
It's a Dell Support Center item, so it's only on Dell computers
So! I had this crappy error on Windows Vista. Just go to the start up bar. In the search bar at the bottom type in MSCONFIG a screen will pop up behind your other windows. Click on the start-up tab on the MSCONFIG program and scroll until you see the Support Utility. If you make the program locations stuff at the top bigger, you can see more clearly where it says dell support. Check it off and restart. Then you'll be all set. I'm not sure but I think this error happens after warranty runs out. My warranty just ran out a few days ago and I started to get this error. Link was confusing. :(
  Carmella   (further information)
Als ich arge Probleme mit .NET Framework 1.1 bis 3.5 hatte, musste ich dsca im Systemstart deaktivieren, da bei jedem Login mehrere Fehlermeldungen erschienen,. Jetzt, wo Framework i.O. ist habe ich dsca reaktiviert und es kommen keine Fehlermeldungen mehr.
Dell Support Center (Support Software
  Brandon   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of dsca.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks dsca.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks dsca.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade dsca.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving dsca issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dsca. 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 dsca.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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