84,488,480 programs installed

Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect

What is Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect?  (from Qualcomm Atheros)

Qualcomm® Direct Connect™ technology enables two or more Wi-Fi®-enabled devices to easily connect directly to establish a network of wireless connectivity without transmitting through an access point. For devices outside of the home or office, in locations like airplanes and trains, classrooms and libraries, sports eve...  Read more


Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect is a software program developed by Qualcomm Atheros. The most common release is 3.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The programs's main executable is DCDhcpService.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.43 MB of memory. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 4.66 MB (4,884,256 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 7 (SP1). While about 71% of users of Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect come from the United States, it is also popular in Egypt and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.qualcomm.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Smart Network\WFDA
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{21DD6041-7251-40FA-9D06-C5EB30268E0F}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 4.66 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect

Program executable:DCDhcpService.exe
Name:DirectConnect DHCP Server
Atheros DirectConnect DHCP Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Smart Network\WFDA\DCDhcpService.exe
Additional files:
  • Interop.DCWpaSupplicantLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'DCWpaSupplicantLib'.
  • Interop.DCDhcpServiceLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'DCDhcpServiceLib'.
  • DCDhcpServer.dll (by Atheros Communication) - TwinServ Dynamic Link Library
  • DCDhcpService.exe (by Atheros Communication) - DirectConnect DHCP Server (Atheros DirectConnect DHCP Service)
  • WiFiDirectApplication.exe (by Sony) - WiFiDirectApplication
  • DCFDHelper.dll (by Atheros Communications) - DCFDHelper
  • DCWlan.dll (by Atheros Communications) - WLan API (Wlan API)
  • DCAdmin.exe - DCAdmin

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • DCDhcpService.exe runs as a service named 'DCDhcpService' (DCDhcpService).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.43 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000844950%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00006803%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001646%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,923
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect?

You can uninstall Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm Atheros Direct Connect.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

71.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.43%
  Egypt 14.29%
  United Kingdom 14.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 50.00%
Acer 50.00%

About Qualcomm Atheros

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, most noteably wireless chipsets for the IEEE 802.
Publisher URL: www.atheros.com


user comment
No one has commented yet. Help others learn more about this software, share your comments.