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.
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) or Catalyst Control Center - Branding
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 10/8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (80% of all occurrences), 32,768 bytes and 12 more variants.
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.
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If cli.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 318,464 bytes. The process has no file description. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\RunServices). It is not a Windows core file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Cli.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.
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.
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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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.