What is ATIRW.exe?

The genuine ATIRW.exe file is a software component of ATI Remote Wonder by ATI Technologies.
ATIRW.exe is an executable file that belongs to ATI Remote Wonder, a software program designed to work with a hardware remote control developed by ATI. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. ATI Remote Wonder is a program designed for the Windows platform that lets users operate certain features on their desktop computers, such as the mouse and CD/DVD player with a remote control. The devices lets users access multimedia files and control basic Windows functions like controlling the volume, resizing/moving windows, moving the mouse cursor, etc. The remote control provides 52 hard buttons and 6 customizable buttons. ATI Technologies Inc. was a Canadian company that developed semiconductor technology. It specialized in the manufacture of graphics processing units and chipsets. It was founded in 1985 by Lee Ka Lau, Francis Lau, Benny Lau, and Kwok Yuen Ho, as Array Technologies Industry. It was bought by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for $5.6 billion in 2006 as part of AMD's strategic development of its Fusion generation of computer processors. ATI and its main competitor, Nvidia, forced other manufacturers into narrower roles in the market as they achieved dominance in the graphics processor market. Today, AMD no longer uses the ATI brand name for any of their products.

ATIRW stands for ATI Remote Wonder

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 ATIRW.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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ATIRW.exe file information

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

The process known as ATI Remote Wonder belongs to software ATI Remote Wonder (version 2) or ATIRW2 by ATI Technologies (

Description: ATIRW.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ATIRW.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\ATI Multimedia\RemCtrl\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 196,608 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 1,482,752 bytes, 200,704 bytes, 1,622,016 bytes or 192,512 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with ATIRW.exe, you can uninstall ATI Remote Wonder or ATIRW2 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

unless your GFX card comes with a remote it's safe to remove
If you don't want it you can disable it (in your systray rightclick the remote-control icon - properties)
failed to regester

Summary: Average user rating of ATIRW.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think ATIRW.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ATIRW issues

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