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What is cli.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 cli.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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Cli.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cli
Cli.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CLI Application (Command Line Interface) or ATI Catalyst Control Center or Catalyst Control Centre: Command Line Interface belongs to software ATI Catalyst Control Center or Catalyst Control Centre or ATI Catalyst Control Center Ex or ACE or CS881X & MTM80X Driver(Auto or CLI Application (Command Line Interface) by ATI Technologies (www.ati.com).

Description: Cli.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cli.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows—mostly C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 32,768 bytes and 12 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/cli.exe.html 
Cli.exe is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\RunServices). Cli.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
The developer ATI provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ ATI Catalyst Control Center or ccc-core-static).

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

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User Comments

appeared after installing ATI graphics card, most likely due to an error during installation as i never had .net 1.1 or higher apperently, should have done updates before installing ATI driver
  Jay Bee  
I installed .Net Framework 4 Before installing latest CCC and drivers... I get a message on startup that .Net Framework is not found. (I checked in Control Panel Add/Remove Programs and it is installed all right.) Same message if I just try to run Catalyst. Well, since it all can be done using Desktop right-click Properties Settings, and this program is a notorious resource hog, I just disabled it in Start Run msconfig Startup.
  NotSoNewbie  
I had the same problem and installing windows netframework 1.1 even resolved the issue
  Uma Ganti  
there were 3 instances of cli.exe running...killed their processes, and nothing happened...they seem legit for ATI and the Catalyst program...If your that worried about installations and shit being left behind, install Ashampoo Uninstaller 4, Very good program for removing ALL crap from an Installation..heres the link...
  MarkJ   (further information)
It load multiple times on every restart
  Shmee Klass  
hmm.i dont think its gives any problem.u'll get it after installing ATI cards..i have it only running 2 and its only around below 10k each..so it would be much problem for me since u guys are having 80+
   
If cli.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32 then the security rating is 100% dangerous. ----- Scary!!!!
   
The CLI.EXE from ATI is generally NOT the problem, unless it has been overwritten by the actual virus. Look to CLI.EXE as a canary in a coal mine. In my case, after my computer got infected, CLI.EXE consumed 100% of my CPU and I had to remove it from memory to do anything at all. However, CLI.EXE was NOT the virus. Something had hijacked my atapi.sys driver and was causing this interaction with CLI.EXE. Once I (finally) removed the viruses, CLI.EXE dropped back to the 0-1% of CPU utilization it should be taking.
   
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of cli.exe: based on 247 votes with 9 reviews. 102 users think cli.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 16 users think it's probably harmless. 60 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 37 users suspect danger. 32 users think cli.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 26 users don't grade cli.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving cli issues

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