What is DSentry.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 DSentry.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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DSentry.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DSentry
DSentry.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DVDSentry belongs to software Dell - DVDSentry or WinDVD-4.0-GBL-R2 by Dell - Advanced Desktop Engineering (

Description: DSentry.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The DSentry.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 28,672 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. DSentry.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to visit the [1][2] website, update the program to the latest version or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of DVDSentry or WinDVD-4.0-GBL-R2 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DSentry.exe. Therefore, you should check the DSentry.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

seems like it comes pre-installed on Dell computers with DVD drives
Came with Dell laptop. Watches for DVD's to be inserted. I vaguely recall reading something about Dell installing it because some DVD's were installing malware on their machines and it is supposed to prevent this from happening.
i know that it's apart of the DVDsentry application and i do not believe that it's harmful. The weird thing is my computer seems to access it every minute or less
This can be removed from a command window: MsiExec.exe /I{98DF85D9-96C0-4F57-A92E-C3539477EF5E}

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Summary: Average user rating of DSentry.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DSentry issues

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