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DSSAGENT.EXE

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Does anyone know what DSSAGENT.EXE is for? ZoneAlarm caught it trying to access the internet this morning. I located the file in C:\Windows\BBSTORE\DSS\ . I had never noticed that directory before but DSSAGENT was running in the system trey.I am wondering if a software package I have installed has installed a "call home, trojan type program into my Windows directory without my permission or notifying me that it was going to be installed. The Control Panel install log had no mention of it so I went back and looked closer at the file. It's properties said that it was Broderbund Software. So I went to Broderbund.com and tried to find any mention of it on their website..to no avail. I then went to the ZoneAlarm home page and sent them and email via their feedback link in hopes of getting some type of response from them..again to no avail. My email address is ennisisland@hotmail.com
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Ennis

This is from the net.  Hope it helps.

Glenn

Many Broderbund applications use a technology called Brodcast. Brodcast is a way that the splash screen (which is the opening screen you see for a few moments when you start a program) can be changed. DSSAgent is a small application that runs in the background and when it sees an Internet connection, it checks with our Web site to see if a new splash screen graphic is available and, if so, downloads it for you.
It does not constantly use your Internet connection.

Sincerely,
Paul Burchfield
The Learning Company

And to remove it:

If you are running a win 9x or Win Nt product, it's located in your registry.
Click on start/run then type in regedit to start the registry editor.
Find the tree: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run In there you will find the key DSS. If you delete this key, it will not run anymore.. it does not appear anywhere else in the registry... I've checked..





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by:ennisisland
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hewittg,
I accept the answer to this question and find it satisfactory. Problem solved.
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Glad I answered the question.

Glenn
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Thank you again hewlwttg
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