What is InCDsrv.exe?

The genuine InCDsrv.exe file is a software component of Nero InCD by Nero AG.
"InCDsrv.exe" is located in Windows and is the main executable file for Nero InCD, which is bundled in Nero CD/DVD burning software suites like Nero 7 Essentials and can also be downloaded independently. The file allows packet writing to CDs and DVDs through Windows Explorer in the same way as it is done with hard drives and external storage. It accepts cut, copy, and paste options. It also works with "drag and drop" functionality, as well as saving files from a program. "InCDsrv.exe" loads at startup and runs in the background, awaiting user commands. Nero began in 1995 as Ahead Software GmbH and is a global provider of media management software, such as DVD burning, CD burning, Audio CD burning, movie making, photo editing, and more.

InCDsrv stands for InCD service

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 InCDsrv.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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InCDsrv.exe file information

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

The process known as incdsrv belongs to software Nero AG incdsrv or Ahead Software AG incdsrv or AHEAD Software incdsrv or Nero 7 Essentials or InCD File System Service or InCD Helper (read only) by Nero AG ( or Ahead Software AG ( or AHEAD Software (

Description: InCDsrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. InCDsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—typically C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\ or C:\Program Files\Nero\InCD\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 871,424 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 876,032 bytes and 53 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. InCDsrv.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Nero come up, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) get help from the software vendor Nero
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify InCDsrv.exe related errors

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

to get rid of the InCDsrv.exe, you can disable the "InCD Helper Service" using the MMC: Start - run - services.msc Then search for the service, double click it, change the startup mode to "disabled" and "stop" the service. Thats it.
I uninstalled it and it will not remove form my system-continually appears when initial boot up as "InCD has stopped working" cannot make it go away!!!! Cannot seem to find info on complete removal!!
Useless for 99.9% of users. Does cause some problems. Crashes often and causes some system errors as well. When Corrupted or has a conflicte it has been known to cause hard locks and blue screens.
I just checked processes to see why my computer was running so slow at times. InCD was using 97% of the resources! Seems to take over when ever it feels like for no apparent reason. What in the world could it be doing while using all your resources and nothing else running but a word document? Very curious. I just stop the process everytime I start the computer and everything works fine after that. It came from Nero burner I think and I don't want to lose Nero
It's a file of Nero, nothing dangerous.
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  OldTimeCoder   (further information)
InCD doesn't seem to be doing anything. I want to see if it is useful
  Malcolm Waterman  
It pegs the CPU often, and at random times. H8
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of InCDsrv.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 22 users think InCDsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think InCDsrv.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade InCDsrv.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving InCDsrv issues

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