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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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3.14.000 15.00%
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Morningstar Direct


Morningstar Direct is a program developed by Morningstar. The most used version is 3.14.000, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The software installer includes 56 files and is usually about 490.4 KB (502,173 bytes). MstarUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 62% of users of Morningstar Direct come from the United States, it is also popular in Italy and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: advisor.morningstar.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Morningstar\Direct\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{CECD1CB3-EDEC-499E-AA34-68FDF9B79E84}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 490.4 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Morningstar Direct

  • PresentationStudio.exe - Morningstar Presentation Studio
  • Integrator.dll
  • PerfRptController.exe - PerfRptController (Morningstar PerfRptController)
  • MStarFundFlowsApp.exe - Fund Flows (Fund Flows Local Server)
  • MstarUpdate.exe - DIRECT (Morningstar Direct)
  • MstarUpdateVista.exe
  • MSUpdate.exe
  • MSUpdateVista.exe
  • Calculation_CPP.dll - Morningstar Calculation Library (Calculation Library)
  • RWUXThemeSU.dll (by Rogue Wave Software Inc) - RWUXTheme Dynamic Link Library
  • ReportMgr.dll - ReportMg Dynamic Link Library
  • JobRunner.exe - Job Runner Application (Job Runner MFC Application)
  • AccountSummary.dll
  • FindDialogWrapper.dll
  • JobCreator.exe
  • MstarAWDChs.dll
  • MstarAWDCHT.dll
  • MstarAWDDeu.dll
  • MstarAWDEnu.dll
  • MstarAWDFra.dll
  • MstarAWDFRC.dll
  • MstarAWDITA.dll
  • MstarAWDJPN.dll
  • MstarAWDKor.dll
  • MstarAWDZHH.dll
  • MStarFundFlows.dll
  • PASDataEngine.dll
  • PerfRptCalculate.dll
  • PSIntegration.dll
  • AWDImport.exe - Morningstar Direct
  • MStarAWD.exe
  • PMSPdfMergeTool.dll - PMSPdfMergeTool
  • og1000asu.dll (by Rogue Wave Software) - Objective Grid (ObjGrid DLL Shared Library - Release Version)
  • AwdUnstaller.exe - AwdInstaller (Morningstar AwdInstaller)
  • ImportTools.exe
  • itextsharp.dll - iTextSharp
  • Logout30.exe
  • OpenFile.exe
  • RestartProcess.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • PerfRptController.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Morningstar Performance Report 1268095' (runs monthly on Sundays at 6:00 AM).
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • MSUpdateVista.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Morningstar\Direct\MSUpdateVista.exe'.
  • MSUpdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Morningstar\Direct\MSUpdate.exe'.
  • MStarAWD.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Morningstar\Direct\MStarAWD.exe'.
  • AWDImport.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Morningstar\Direct\AWDImport.exe'.

How do I remove Morningstar Direct?

Quickly and completely remove Morningstar Direct from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Morningstar Direct 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Morningstar Direct, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Morningstar Direct.

Win 7 (SP1) 70%
Win XP 10%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.00%
Windows 8 20.00%
Windows XP 10.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Enterprise 20.00%
Windows 8.1 20.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.00%
Windows 7 Professional 15.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.54%
  Italy 11.54%
  Australia 11.54%
  Germany 7.69%
  Estonia 3.85%
  Mexico 3.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.58%
Hewlett-Packard 26.32%
Acer 15.79%
Sony 5.26%
Samsung 5.26%
Intel 5.26%
Sahara 5.26%
Lenovo 5.26%
Common models
Sony VGN-FZ31Z 5.88%
Acer Aspire E1-522 5.88%
HP-Pavilion NP267AA-ABA e... 5.88%
HP ENVY 15 x360 PC 5.88%
Dell Latitude E6410 5.88%
Dell Inspiron 3521 5.88%


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