What is VCDDaemon.exe?

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 VCDDaemon.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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VCDDaemon.exe file information

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

The process known as Virtual CloneDrive Daemon or VirtualCloneDrive belongs to software Virtual CloneDrive by Elaborate Bytes AG (

Description: VCDDaemon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. VCDDaemon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 94,208 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). VCDDaemon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using VCDDaemon.exe, you can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of VirtualCloneDrive (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or contact to assist you.

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If VCDDaemon.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 85,160 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 94,208 bytes. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. VCDDaemon.exe is able to monitor applications.

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

Clone CD Drive... you installed this software!
Clone Drive
Clonedrive or CloneSheep. Virtual image mounter. nothing to worry about.
A great Clone CD Drive Softare, I love it
Clone cd Virtual drive
The VCD is still continued, but doesn't run under XP64 / Vista (v5.1.4.5.). Can be deactivated in the settings menu (where else?) - Start-Program files-Elaborate Bytes-Virtual CloneDrive
  Nico   (further information)
Razer DeathAdder drivers, found in %PROGRAMFILES%\Razer\DeathAdder\vdDaemon.exe
Mount iso on Windows OS

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Summary: Average user rating of VCDDaemon.exe: based on 14 votes with 8 user comments. 10 users think VCDDaemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving VCDDaemon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with VCDDaemon. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the VCDDaemon.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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