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What is dca-ua.exe?

Part of Compete DCA Update Agent by Compete

What is it?

Compete DCA Update Agent is a program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
Description of dca-ua.exe from Compete
Consumer Input is a panel made up of people like you who want to express their opinions about the products and services that matter most to them. By participating in online research, our members have an opportunity to influence leading companies while earning cash rewards, gift cards, or entries into valuable sweepstakes. What makes the Consumer Input Panel unique is that we utilize a small piece of software that resides on your PC which anonymously records your Internet browsing behavior. In conjunction with traditional opinion and research surveys, Consumer Input uses proprietary software to anonymously record web browsing patterns. These patterns are merged with the patterns of thousands of Internet users and analyzed in aggregate to understand the trends that will influence major marketing decisions in a variety of industries.
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How does dca-ua.exe run?

Process - dca-ua.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does dca-ua.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - dca-ua.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Consumer Input Update' and the execution command 'C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\dca-ua.exe' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the dca-ua.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of dca-ua.exe users, 87.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is dca-ua.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.21441% CPU2144083.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.06 MB RAM14.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
6,940 /min308.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         9 GDI objects6.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
960 context switches/sec960.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\consumer input\dca-ua.exe

Are there other versions of Compete DCA Update Agent?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Compete DCA Update Agent.

What programs install dca-ua.exe?

Consumer Input Software (remove only) by Compete Inc. - This is the collection and analytics software for Compete.com statistics for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Compete.com is a web traffic analysis service that publishes the approximate number of global visitors to the top
Program URL: consumerinput.com/
Install path: C:\Program Files\Consumer Input
Size: 3.44 MB

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate N (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

About Compete, Inc.

Compete.com is a web traffic analysis service of Compete, Inc. which operates in the United States and publishes the approximate number of global visitors to th More...
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File details

File name: dca-ua.exe
Publisher: Compete, Inc. (verified)
Name: Compete DCA Update Agent
Description: Compete DCA Update Agent
Version: 1.7.1.8553
Size: 245.92 KB
Original file name: dca-ua.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Compete Inc
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 2/8/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.2239255622%
Privileged CPU: 0.0095172473%
User CPU: 0.21440831489194%
Privileged CPU time: 18160.29 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 5 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,100,200,013
CPU cycle count /min: 421,756,521
Context switches /sec: 960
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 76.08 MB
Peak committed memory: 76.13 MB
Paged memory: 3.06 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.06 MB
Paged system memory: 72.67 KB
Non-paged system memory: 7.44 KB
Working set memory: 1.58 MB
Peak working set memory: 5.36 MB
Min working set memory: 1.5 MB
Private memory: 3.06 MB
Page faults: 1,964
Page faults /min: 8
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 374,867
Read operations /min: 346
Total read transfer: 59.3 MB
Read transfer /min: 32.25 KB
Total write operations: 2
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 695 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 3 Bytes
Total other operations: 2,068,943
Other operations /min: 950
Total other transfer: 891 Bytes
Other Transfer /min: 4 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 9
Peak GDI objects: 9
USER objects: 2
Peak USER objects: 2
Resources
Handle count average: 122
Thread count average: 12
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\dca-ua.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\dca-ua.exe"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Consumer Input Update
Command: C:\Program Files\Consumer Input\dca-ua.exe

Image hashes

MD5: 045954ad36f4e256bdb67196041b7598
SHA-1: b395519f65cc2d1b56bb506f91baffd912e59ec5
SHA-256: e5d6a048e2a56a3859701f1f044da6a5e25e7a305b476b4794fb31bcbe6230cf

PE image details

File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
dca-api.dll
kernel32.dll
ole32.dll
shell32.dll
user32.dll
winhttp.dll
wininet.dll
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