What is InCD.exe?

The genuine InCD.exe file is a software component of Nero InCD Reader by Nero.
InCD.exe is an executable file that runs the Nero InCD Reader, a program that allows optical discs written in the MRW (Mount Rainier format) to be read on systems that do not natively support MRW. This is a critical component for the Nero InCD Reader and should not be directly removed. The Nero InCD packet writing software was created to allow optical discs to be written like floppy disks. Files can be dragged and dropped to and from the disk through the Windows Explorer. The software was based on the MRW (Mount Rainier format). The InCD Reader was developed to allow systems that did not already support this format to be able to read MRW discs. Nero is a German software developer best known for their flagship disc burning software program, the Nero Suite. Richard Lesser founded the company in 1995 as Ahead Software GmbH but the company changed their name to Nero in 2005. Nero became quite popular after many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) decided to bundle the suite with their hardware products. Nero is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany.

InCD stands for Nero InCD Reader

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 InCD.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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InCD.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with InCD
InCD.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as InCD CD-RW UDF Tools belongs to software Nero AG InCD or Ahead Software AG InCD or Nero 7 Essentials or Nero 7 Premium or SecurDisc Viewer by Nero AG ( or Ahead Software AG ( or Copyright© ahead software gmbh and its licensors (

Description: InCD.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The InCD.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\ahead\InCD\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,397,760 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 1,398,272 bytes and 35 more variants. 
The program has no file description. The file is not a Windows system file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. InCD.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with InCD.exe, you can visit the support page, update to a possibly corrected version or completely remove Nero 7 Essentials (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

It is not dangerous, but it seems to be needed otherwise nero will not work. Reinstall Nero if you get an InCD error
InCD is a UDF 1.5 formatting and packet writing utility for CD-RW disks used in DVD-ram drives for file backup purposes. How anybody can have a problem with this utility is something I do not understand. InCD.exe is harmless. It simply runs the application. Some of what I have read on this page is trash. Users who claim their computer locks up because of InCD are clueless.
  Jan Levet  
remove Nero but it left all the InCD files. AG filesHow to remove all of the iNCD folder. The computer freezes and Windows XP does not start
I cannot open my computer. A dialogue box appears informing me that my incd in not installed properly
  Vito Selvaggi  
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  lieben   (further information)
From Nero. Enables burnable disk use as normal drive. Disks require formatting by right click CD drive menu in Windows Explorer. Not tried running this as normal.Then drag/drop/save etc. files to the disk as normal.
  Brian Baulsom  
Absolutly necessary, if you want to write DVD/RAM. Without InCD-Ikon in the Systray it is not possoble to write DVD/RAMs
My only experience with this product is a conflict between it and another software doing the same thing. I found that if there is similiar software trying to look at cd's, the two programs will "argue" and lock up your system. Look in add/remove software and delete one product
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of InCD.exe: based on 26 votes with 9 reviews. 15 users think InCD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks InCD.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade InCD.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving InCD issues

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