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6% remove it94% keep it
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Atheros Direct Connect

What is Atheros Direct Connect?  (from Atheros Communications)

Direct Connect allows for simple peer-to-peer connections between devices in the home or office, such as computers to printers, cameras to computers, smartphones to computers, computers to gaming devices….without hopping through the access point. This preserves bandwidth, as an indirect hop through the access point cut...  Read more


Atheros Direct Connect is a program developed by Atheros Communications. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The programs's main executable is p2puimain.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 73.29 MB of memory. The software installer includes 35 files and is usually about 10.52 MB (11,026,220 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 85% of users of Atheros Direct Connect come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.atheros.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Atheros Direct Connect
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{21DD6041-7251-40FA-9D06-C5EB30268E0F}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 10.52 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Atheros Direct Connect

Program executable:p2puimain.exe
Name:Direct Connect
Path:C:\Program Files\atheros direct connect\p2puimain.exe
Additional files:
  • DCDhcpServer.dll - TwinServ Dynamic Link Library
  • DCDhcpService.exe - DirectConnect DHCP Server (Atheros DirectConnect DHCP Service)
  • AthIhvWlanExt.dll - DirectConnect (Atheros IHV Manager)
  • AthIhvWpaP2p.dll - DirectConnect P2P IHV
  • AthWpaP2pDriver.dll - P2P Supplicant Driver
  • DCWpaSupplicant.exe - DirectConnect P2P Supplicant
  • wpa_cli.exe - P2P Supplicant command line interface
  • wpa_supplicant.exe - Atheros P2P Supplicant
  • DCFDHelper.dll - DCFDHelper
  • DCWlan.dll - WLan API (Wlan API)
  • DCAdmin.exe - DCAdmin
  • FileSyncProvider2.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Synchronization Framework (Microsoft Synchronization Framework File Sync Provider)
  • MetaStore2.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Store
  • Microsoft.Synchronization.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization
  • Microsoft.Synchronization.Files.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.Files
  • Microsoft.Synchronization.MetadataStorage.dll - Microsoft.Synchronization.MetadataStorage
  • Msfdb.dll - Microsoft Synchronization Framework Metadata Storage DB
  • Msfdbqp.dll
  • Msfdbse.dll
  • Synchronization2.dll
  • FolderSyncApp.exe - FolderSyncApp
  • Interop.DCDhcpServiceLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'DCDhcpServiceLib'.
  • Interop.DCWCNHelper.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'DCWCNHelperLib'.
  • Interop.DCWpaSupplicantLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'DCWpaSupplicantLib'.
  • Interop.FctnDiscLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'FctnDiscLib'.
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Interop.NETCONLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NETCONLib'.
  • Interop.NetFwTypeLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'NetFwTypeLib'.
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • libssl32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • Mono.Zeroconf.dll (by Novell) - Mono.Zeroconf
  • Mono.Zeroconf.Providers.Bonjour.dll (by Novell)
  • VistaBridgeControls.dll - VistaBridgeControls
  • VistaBridgeLibrary.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • P2PUIMain.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FBD332E7-ECA6-44B9-A1CE-D5FA315EFE67}' (runs on registration).
  • DCDhcpService.exe runs as a service named 'DCDhcpService' (DCDhcpService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • P2PUIMain.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DCHostUI' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Atheros Direct Connect\P2PUIMain.exe" -nogui.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:73.29 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0005397977%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00000783%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00053197%
0.015104% average
Memory:1.53 MB
CPU cycles/sec:908
Memory:2.47 MB
Total CPU:0.0001476265%
Kernel CPU:0.00003467%
User CPU:0.00011296%
CPU cycles/sec:9,326
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove Atheros Direct Connect?

You can uninstall Atheros Direct Connect from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Atheros Direct Connect, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Atheros Direct Connect.

Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 83.51%
Windows 10 16.06%
Windows XP 0.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 67.74%
Windows 7 Professional 13.55%
Windows 10 Home 12.26%
Windows 10 Pro 2.37%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.94%
Windows 8 Pro 0.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

85.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 85.48%
  United Kingdom 2.58%
  Canada 1.49%
  France 1.22%
  Australia 1.22%
  Mexico 1.22%
  Japan 0.95%
  Germany 0.95%
  Brazil 0.54%
  South Africa 0.41%
  India 0.41%
  New Zealand 0.41%
  Costa Rica 0.27%
  Austria 0.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 99.78%
Intel 0.22%
Common models
Dell Inspiron One 2320 85.40%
Dell Vostro 360 13.51%
Dell Inspiron N5050 0.65%
eMachines D845GVSR ... 0.22%
Dell Dell DM061 0.22%

About Atheros Communications

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, focusing primarily on wireless. The Atheros chipsets for the IEEE 802.
Publisher URL: www.qca.qualcomm.com


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