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Is cli.exe safe?

Cli.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if cli.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Cli.exe file information

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 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 Add\Remove programs applet. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices). Cli.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the users 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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If cli.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, 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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices). It is not a Windows core file. The program uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Cli.exe is able to record 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.



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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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