What is LDSvc.exe?

The genuine LDSvc.exe file is a software component of iLok License Manager by PACE Anti-Piracy.
A license manager for a myriad of third party applications, this application is run on demand when a user registers and uses certain licensed applications. If a company utilizes the PACE Anti-Piracy software to protect their product, LDSvc.exe is required to use the application in conjunction with a USB dongle. Problems with this process will result in the application you are trying to utilize remaining non-functioning.

LDSvc stands for License Deployment 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 LDSvc.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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LDSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as PACE License Support Service or PACE License Service belongs to software License Support or Antares Auto-Tune (version 7 VST) or Gobbler by PACE Anti-Piracy (

Description: LDSvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file LDSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,938,880 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with LDSvc.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > License Support or PACE License Support Win64)
  2) visit the website
  3) update the program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as LDSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the LDSvc.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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Best practices for resolving LDSvc issues

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