What is CCC.exe?

The genuine CCC.exe file is a software component of ATI Catalyst Control Center by ATI.
CCC.exe is an executable file that belongs to ATI Catalyst Control Center, a device driver and utility software package meant for AMD's graphics cards. This process launches the Catalyst Control Center. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. ATI Catalyst Control Center is a program designed for the Windows platform that enables AMD APUs and GPUs to perform faster. The software offers over twenty features and claims up to 19% performance increase on AMD Radeon graphics and up to 29% on AMD APUs. This program is often installed along with drivers for ATI graphics cards. 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.

CCC stands for ATI Catalyst Control Center Launcher

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 Center - Branding or Catalyst Control Centre or Catalyst Control Center or Advanced Micro Devices or AMD VISION Engine Control Center by ATI Technologies ( or Advanced Micro Devices (

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" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 65,536 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 299,008 bytes and 4 more variants. 
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 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with CCC.exe occur, you can also do the following:
  • go to the support area of the AMD website
  • update the program
  • uninstall the software Catalyst Control Center using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify CCC.exe related errors

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.
dangerous scanning my hdds while PC is idle
This is important for windows. It may lag your computer sometimes, but DO NOT DELETE it.
  do not delete me!  
Driver for ATI/AMD Grapic cards

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CCC.exe: based on 45 votes with 19 user comments. 21 users think CCC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 11 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 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 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 CCC.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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