What is dasHost.exe?
Process The Process Device Association Framework Provider Host (dasHost.exe) belongs to the Microsoft Windows Operating System from Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). This is a Windows system process.
Runs along with the system as a service of the Device Association Framework Provider Host. Located in folder C: \ Windows \ System32. When you try to extinguish it, it should start automatically, like most services. In case the process waits for too much memory.
“Dashost.exe” is a process that automatically checks an email inbox and displays a notification if you receive a new email message. It works on Windows 8 only if you have synchronized your email account email application. So it is safe to kill the process.
Unlike many other processes, dasHost.exe or the Device Association Framework Provider Host runs on behalf of the LOCAL SERVICE user. The process acts as a framework that connects wired and wireless devices with the Windows operating system.
Each device connected to a computer receives its own Device Association Framework Provider Host process so that you can see several identical dasHost.exe processes in Task Manager at once. Such is the structure of Windows. The process is an integral part of the operating system and is necessary for its adequate operation.
Where does dasHost.exe exist?
In “Windows Media Player,” network checks service for networked computers or devices with which you want to share music. This service also indexes/updates the library, which is currently shared. So, if you do not use the network sharing feature in Windows Media Player, then you can kill this process.
If you do not use these services and still they use a processor, then follow these steps to change the startup type to manual mode.
a. Click Windows Key + R and type services.msc and press Enter.
b. Double-click on the dashost.exe service, and then change the Manual startup service.
c. Double-click on the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, and then change the Start Service Manually.
These services will enter the manual startup mode. Restart the computer and check the utilities of the CPU.
Open Task Manager, and in the list of background processes, one of the first will be the so-called Device Association Framework Provider Host. On the “Details” tab, it is listed as dasHost.exe and is constantly hanging in the background, performing some of its mysterious things.
If you are wondering what the Device Association Framework Provider Host is, then this article is for you. It is a continuation of a series of other articles that acquaint the user with the purpose of certain processes, as well as the method of treating too much load on the processor or computer memory with these same processes.
DasHost.exe loads the processor
It happens. Like the rest of the standard Windows processes, the Device Association Framework Provider Host is very careful about processor and memory resources. The screenshot shows that it does not load the CPU of the computer at all, and the amount of occupied memory does not exceed 0.1 MB. In other words, dasHost.exe does not show any signs of life at all and silently works in the background itself.
Increasing the processor load is often an identifier for what is the problem in the device itself, not the process. Unfortunately, Task Manager does not allow you to find out which particular device is associated with a copy of the Device Association Framework Provider Host process, so you have to go through several steps to troubleshoot your computer and bring it back to normal.
The first tip is very simple and even trivial since it helps to solve a large number of computer problems: check for updates and download all available updates, including new driver versions. At least those managed by Windows. Those drivers that are updated separately from the Windows Update Center must be updated manually if there is a more recent version on the developer’s website.
After the update, open the Device Manager and see if there is unknown hardware on the list that Windows cannot detect. If there is such a device in the list, find the appropriate driver for it, install it and restart the computer, and then check whether the processor load has decreased. Windows itself may find the driver it needs, or maybe not, so you’ll have to install it manually.
If you started to notice an abnormal processor load after installing driver updates, try rolling them back to a previous version. Perhaps the updated driver contains a bug that leads to such unpleasant results.
How to disable Device Association Framework Provider Host dasHost.exe
This process should not be disabled. Often, users want to turn off a process just because it bothers them with increased processor load. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the fan rotation speed, an increase in temperature and noise, a drop in performance and other troubles. It is best first to try to solve the problem with drivers and unknown devices and only then try to remove the annoying task.
If this fails, try disabling the Device Association Framework Provider Host process in Task Manager. To do this, click on the process, right-click, and select End Task. It is likely that some device connected to your computer will stop working. Restart the computer, after which the dead process will return to working condition. Observe its behavior after a reboot. If there are no unidentified devices in the system, and you have installed all the actual drivers, the load should drop and no longer increase.
Official Windows components are not viruses. Yet there are times when malware is disguised as one of the system processes. If you suspect your computer is infected, you can quickly check the dasHost.exe, causing suffering to your processor. The instructions are exactly the same as for the other processes described in our manuals.
Open Task Manager and find the process you suspect. Right-click on it and select Open File Location. dasHost.exe should be located in the folder C: \ Windows \ System 32. If it is in some other directory, then your suspicions were confirmed, and this file is really some kind of left. Check your computer using the built-in antivirus, or download a third-party and carry out maintenance.
Additionally, you can check the signature of the dasHost.exe file by right-clicking and selecting Properties. Then open the Details tab and check the File Description, Product Name, and Copyright options. Focus on the screenshot below. If the location of the file is correct and the description matches, then the cause of the load is not in the virus, but in something else.
Windows – the operating system is very complex, so the problems with it are very specific and non-standard. If none of the tips in this article helped you, try resetting Windows 10 to factory settings or reinstalling Windows 10 completely.