What is CCC.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 CCC.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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CCC.exe file information

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

The process known as Catalyst Control Centre: Host application or Catalyst Control Center: Host application belongs to software Catalyst Control Centre or Catalyst Control Center - Branding or Catalyst Control Center or AMD VISION Engine Control Center by ATI Technologies (

Description: CCC.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CCC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 65,536 bytes, 299,008 bytes or 299,520 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. CCC.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If problems with CCC.exe occur, you can also do the following:

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If CCC.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 394,240 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 371,214 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CCC.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Gen:Variant.Graftor.45764 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the CCC.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

ATI Catalyst Control Center
CCC -- Catalyst Control Center / ATI Treiber
  Birgit F.  
It causes my laptop to stall during closedown,but eventually it shuts down
  Russell Hill  
this is not malware process! Part of Catalyst Control Center. DO NOT DELETE.
  Siqd Kahul   (further information)
It's the control suite for your ATI graphics card. It is installed with your ATI graphic driver.
This is for your ATI video card.
Its driver for RADEON 4770 graphics. Control system.
  Leif, swden   (further information)
when computer unattended, this consumes about goes from about 15% cpu to about 50%+ cpu every 3 seconds. when using my computer it stops running
Catalyst control centre ATI program
  Luc   (further information)
If it uses too much CPU, try disabling catalyst AI
ATI Stuff
Chinese Computer Cracker
Catalyst Control Center from ATI Graphic Card
its a spyware
  papa   (further information)
It keeps asking permission to access the internet, we have ATI installed, understand it may or may not be malware
  Not sure yet, thanks for the info  
It somehow installs with nvidia drivers :/ Also may be one of default intel HD CPU graphics drivers, because it doesn't allow the graphics card to do anything until force stopped in the task manager. Almost completely useless when you have a non ATI branded graphics card, it only uses a lot of CPU and unbearably slows down the computer.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CCC.exe: based on 35 votes with 16 user comments. 15 users think CCC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 5 users think CCC.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade CCC.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving CCC issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CCC. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 CCC.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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