How to Disable Dell Support Alerts

Dell Support Alerts are a function of Dell Support Center, which comes preloaded on all Dell computers. The program's purpose is to keep your computer running efficiently by automatically checking for updates to download. The alerts that constantly pop up on the screen, however, may annoy some users. You cannot close the program by right-clicking because there is no "Close" or "Exit" option. To prevent the alerts from appearing, you must disable Dell Support Center.

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Disable

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Click the "Start" button, type "Run" in the search box and hit "Enter." Type "msconfig" in the dialogue box and hit "Enter."

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Click on the tab "Services" in the new dialogue box. Find "SupportSoft sprtcmd" in the list and uncheck it.

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Click on the tab "Startup" to see another list. Find and uncheck "dscactivate" and/or "SupportSoft sprtcmd."

Uninstall

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Click the "Start" button and access the Control Panel.

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Open "Add or Remove Programs" if you are using Windows XP. Open "Programs and Features" if you are using Vista or Windows 7.

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Select Dell Support Center and uninstall it from the computer.