What is acad.exe?

The genuine acad.exe file is a software component of AutoCAD by Autodesk.
The launcher for AutoCAD, this application runs when manually started and is the primary interface for Autodesk's AutoCAD software. AutoCAD is a computer aided drafting (or design) program used primarily by engineers and architects. It is extremely RAM and resource intensive, depending on the project being loaded. It can be terminated using the Windows Task Manager. Autodesk was founded in 1982 in San Rafael, California. Autodesk was originally founded as a means to support AutoCAD, but has since branched out, producing a wide variety of creative applications.

ACAD stands for AutoCAD Application

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 acad.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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Acad.exe file information

The process known as AutoCAD Application belongs to software AutoCAD (version 2000, 2012 - English) or AutoCAD Electrical (version 2008) by Autodesk (

Description: Acad.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Acad.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,931,928 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 6,795,264 bytes, 7,471,616 bytes, 13,179,660 bytes or 8,624,248 bytes. 
The acad.exe file is not a Windows core file. Acad.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with acad.exe, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as acad.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the acad.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.


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acad.exe is a AutoCAD Application from Autodesk, Inc. It is used for 2D and 3D design and drafting.
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Summary: Average user rating of acad.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 5 users think acad.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade acad.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving acad issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with acad. 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 acad.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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