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Should I remove VirtualCloneDrive?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #366
United States Rank #605
Reach 1.6896%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.86 days
497.40 days >
Average installed length: 261.34 days


VersionDistribution 6.19% 0.72% 3.52% 28.43%


What is VirtualCloneDrive?  (from Elaborate Bytes)

Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.


VirtualCloneDrive is a software program developed by Elaborate Bytes. The most common release is, with over 46% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The programs's main executable is VCDDaemon.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 1.9 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 30 files and is usually about 2.07 MB (2,175,351 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 36% of users of VirtualCloneDrive come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Iran.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.elby.ch
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\vcd-uninst.exe" /D="C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive"
Estimated size: 2.07 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VirtualCloneDrive

Program executable:VCDDaemon.exe
Name:Virtual CloneDrive
Virtual CloneDrive Daemon
Signed by:Elaborate Bytes AG
Path:C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\VCDDaemon.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Elaborate's Virtual CloneDrive is a freeware applications that provides the ability to put files created by CloneDVD in use by playing them like normal DVDs by creating virtual drives.
Additional files:
  • io.dll - Elaborate Bytes InstallOptions (InstallOptions)
  • VCDMount.exe - Elaborate Bytes VCDMount (Mount Files with Virtual CloneDrive)
  • ElbyDVD.exe - Elaborate Bytes ElbyDVD (ElbyDVD)
  • Daemon.exe - Daemon Application
  • HelpLauncher.exe - Virtual CloneDrive (HelpLauncher)
  • VCDDaemon.exe - Virtual CloneDrive Daemon
  • VCDPrefs.exe - VirtualCloneDrive Preferences
  • ElbyVCDShell.dll - VirtualCloneDrive (CloseTray)
  • InstallHelp.dll - CDRTools (InstallHelp)
  • DevCon.exe (by Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK provider) - Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK driver (Windows Setup API)
  • ExecuteWithUAC.exe - ExecuteW Application (ElbyCDIO install helper process)
  • vcd-uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ElbyVCDShell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'VirtualCloneDrive' with a class of {B7056B8E-4F99-44f8-8CBD-282390FE5428}.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • VCDPrefs.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{12B497A2-6BAD-456C-96B5-DDE2019EBB8F}' (runs on registration).
  • VCDDaemon.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C7ABABD9-74D5-42F3-9707-062227A9C0E1}' (runs on registration).
  • ExecuteWithUAC.exe is scheduled as a task named 'elbyExecuteWithUAC' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VCDDaemon.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VirtualCloneDrive (2).
Startup File (User Run)
  • VCDDaemon.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'VirtualCloneDrive' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\VCDDaemon.exe" /s.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • VCDDaemon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VirtualCloneDrive' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\VCDDaemon.exe" /s.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • VCDDaemon.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\VCDDaemon.exe'.
  • VCDPrefs.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\VCDPrefs.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.9 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001554151%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00010593%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004948%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,249
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:48 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove VirtualCloneDrive?

You can uninstall VirtualCloneDrive from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program VirtualCloneDrive, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove VirtualCloneDrive.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.44%
Windows 10 28.67%
Windows XP 4.41%
Windows Vista 2.42%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.87%
Windows 7 Professional 14.64%
Windows 10 Home 5.44%
Windows 8.1 5.18%
Windows 10 Pro 5.15%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.21% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.21%
  Germany 12.74%
  Iran 5.34%
  France 4.25%
  Italy 3.67%
  United Kingdom 3.64%
  Netherlands 2.79%
  Canada 2.69%
  Brazil 2.03%
  Australia 1.54%
  Spain 1.42%
  Austria 1.26%
  Sweden 1.20%
  Belgium 1.16%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 22.01%
Hewlett-Packard 21.81%
Acer 16.57%
ASUS 13.28%
Lenovo 4.52%
Toshiba 4.00%
Samsung 3.36%
Intel 1.61%
Medion 1.04%
MSI 0.97%
American Megatrends 0.81%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.22%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.39%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.34%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.05%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.25%
Dell Inspiron N5010 1.98%

About Elaborate Bytes

Elaborate Bytes, SlySoft Inc.
Publisher URL: www.elby.ch


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