What is dwusplay.exe?

The genuine dwusplay.exe file is a software component of InstallShield Update Service by Flexera Software.
This InstallShield Update Service module from Flexera Software appears to be obsolete, because it and a direct-link library file named "dwusplay.dll" are linked with the "isusweb.dll" browser add-on that Flexera has labelled "End-Of-Life." The InstallShield Update (now "FLEXnet Connect") service was provided as an option to developers using InstallShield to reside on end-user systems and detect automatic updates of their software. The Setup Player module may have been intended to detect and download updates to InstallShield itself. If these three modules are present, usually in "C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files", the "isusweb.dll" add-on should be disabled in the browser and all three should be renamed to add ".OLD" to their names. Flexera Software is an American company headquartered in Chicago, IL, originally formed as Acresso in 2008 (and renamed to Flexera in 2009) when Macrovision, (now Rovi), sold its software division to an investment fund. It provides application producers and enterprises with tools to construct software installation packages and monitor software licensing compliance. It is still backed by private equity although the majority interest is now owned by a division of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.

dWUSPlay stands for InstallShield Web Update Service Setup Player

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the dwusplay.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Dwusplay.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dwusplay
Dwusplay.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as InstallShield Update Service Setup Player belongs to software InstallShield Update Service by InstallShield Software (

Description: Dwusplay.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The dwusplay.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (e.g. C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 196,608 bytes. 
The dwusplay.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Dwusplay.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

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If dwusplay.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 8% dangerous. The file size is 206,192 bytes. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. Dwusplay.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. Dwusplay.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dwusplay.exe. Therefore, you should check the dwusplay.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

seems to come preinstalled with a new laptop computer
InstallShield fragt mich seit einiger Zeit direkt nach Systemstart nach Administratorrechten. Vilelleicht ein Grund, genauer hinzusehen.

Summary: Average user rating of dwusplay.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving dwusplay issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dwusplay. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the dwusplay.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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