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February 3rd, 2005 14:00

Dell's "DVD Sentry"

Please advise me what the subject software does and when it is active--Is it necessary?
 
Thanks,
 
SW Yourth

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February 3rd, 2005 14:00

It is a type of spyware ..............

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February 4th, 2005 00:00

Maybe read that link again.

 

Process DVDSentry is not related to spyware. But its name can be used in spyware and adware programs to mislead the user.

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February 4th, 2005 11:00

Read more.  Do a search in Google of DVDSentry

February 4th, 2005 12:00

cjyourth,
 
Thank you for visiting the Dell Community Forum.
 
DVD Sentry is NOT spyware, malware or adware. It does not gather or report any user or system information; it also does not cause any popups or do any other adware/malware type functions. DVD Sentry simply monitors when DVDs are inserted to prevent DVDs from automatically installing software (some DVD movie disc try to install their own players and software automatically when inserted - which can be detrimental to system performance).
 
DVD Sentry is not required for the system to function and can be uninstalled through the Add/Remove Software menu in the Control Panel. If removed just be careful about allowing DVD disc to install extra player software that is not needed; if a DVD disc tries to install its own player it is generally preferable to cancel and use your installed DVD player software. There is no installation media for DVD Sentry so once removed you can not reinstall it (its main purpose is for new users that may be confused by DVD disc trying to install their own player software).
 
Some Spyware program key on DVD Sentry because it is a non-essential program running in the system memory, the assumption is that it should be removed from the system to free up system resources since it is not required for normal DVD functionality.
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