What is ElbyCDIO?

The genuine ElbyCDIO.sys file is a software component of CloneCD by RedFox.
CloneCD is a disc duplication software. ElbyCDFL.sys is a driver associated with Slysoft CloneCD. Deleting this file may cause problems while running CloneCD. However, this is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Clone CD is an optical disc authoring software that makes working 1:1 duplicates of CDs and DVDs while circumventing any DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions. The software works with CD-ROMs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Clone CD was originally written by Oliver Kastl and distributed by Elaborate Bytes, a Swiss company. The product eventually came under International legal scrutiny and was taken off the market in 2016 after which it was taken over by RedFox. RedFox (formerly SlySoft) is a Belizian company that develops disc duplication software. The company is best known for authoring AnyDVD, a program that can bypass copy protection. The company also develops and distributes software that can back up and convert digital media, including HD DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs, as well as virtual drive software that enables users to run video games without the original disc.

ElbyCDIO stands for ElbyCD Windows Input/Output driver

ElbyCDIO.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 ElbyCDIO.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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ElbyCDIO.sys file information

The process known as ElbyCD Windows NT/2000/XP I/O driver or ElbyCD Windows (version x64 I/O driver) belongs to software CDRTools or VirtualCloneDrive or CloneDVD2 or DVD Region Killer or ElbyCDIO Driver by Elaborate Bytes AG (

Description: ElbyCDIO.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ElbyCDIO.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 25,160 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 26,024 bytes and 15 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. ElbyCDIO.sys is certified by a trustworthy company. ElbyCDIO.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program AnyDVD or CloneCD, or ask the software vendor for support. Click on AnyDVD or CloneCD in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify ElbyCDIO.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as ElbyCDIO.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the ElbyCDIO.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.


User Comments

Part of the CD-Copy Program Clone CD
CloneDVD2 driver. Never a problem
Drivers belonging to CloneDVD. ElbyCDIO.sys is installed in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers and works together with ElbyCDIO.dll, which is installed in C:\Windows\System32\
  RobSter   (further information)
Part of Any DVD (DVD copying program).
as per other comments - part of cloneDVD, anyDVD, DVD-regionfree
  docd   (further information)
Kapersky Labs recently identified ElbyCDIO.sys as a vector to install GrayFish malware.
  Troy Witthoeft   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of ElbyCDIO.sys: based on 11 votes with 6 user comments. 10 users think ElbyCDIO.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade ElbyCDIO.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ElbyCDIO issues

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