What is acedrv10?

The genuine acedrv10.sys file is a software component of ACE/ProtectDisc Filter Driver by ACE | Protect Software.
"acedrv10.sys" is a Windows 64-bit kernel driver that allows the computer to connect to a different device with different hardware when the device is attached. It runs in the background with no visible window and handles the connection between the PC and the device discreetly. Protect Software is a leading copy protection and license control company that offers many products for protecting video, audio, software, and more from piracy. ACE is the sister company that handles the website and other aspects of the company.

ACEdrv10 stands for ACE driver 10

Acedrv10.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if acedrv10.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Acedrv10.sys file information

The process known as Filter Driver ProtectDisc or ProtectDisc Filter Driver (version x64) belongs to software Protect Software GmbH or ProtectDisc Filter Driver (version x64) by Protect Software GmbH (

Description: Acedrv10.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The acedrv10.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 330,144 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 583,128 bytes or 328,824 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. acedrv10.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Protect Software GmbH, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Protect Software GmbH in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify acedrv10.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as acedrv10.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the acedrv10.sys 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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Best practices for resolving acedrv10 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with acedrv10. 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 acedrv10.sys 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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