What is matcli.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 matcli.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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Matcli.exe file information

The process known as Motive Chorus Command Line Interface belongs to software Motive System or Motive Chorus Command Line Interface by Motive Communications (

Description: Matcli.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The matcli.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 217,088 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 212,992 bytes, 208,896 bytes or 204,800 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Matcli.exe is not a Windows system file. Matcli.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with matcli.exe occur, you can also uninstall 3Com Connection Assistant software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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  Dave A   (further information)
Motive Chorus Command Line Interface - it's bundled with broadband connection programs like NTL & BT broadband by Motive Communications, Inc.
  Tone   (further information)
it has something to do with installing HP Printer (all in one or officejet) software
  cheryl   (further information)
I think it is about sbc dsl support
Motive Chorus Command Line Interface
Appeared after installing an HP 6100xi all-in-one machine (fax, printer, scanner)
I know it makes things happen
  David Brown02  
I have seen it launch from dos on a pc. it is called up and a client started in the MSDOS window. Tracked the prorgram to SBC DSL Self support program and a program with it called MAD. It enables SBC to look at you computer for problems and ??
  Larry C  
This file is SBC self support tool but im not sure its ok 2 delete
this thing runs when ever i start my pc, it bugs me, but i have both sbc dsl and a hp all-in-one, i got the printer waaayy after the internet service and it started running after i got the printer, it dissapears after it runs, so i ran Find and several files showed up. matcli.lgc was under c:\windows applog and seems to be a log file i opened it in wordpad, matcliwrapper.exe and matcli.exe were located in "c:\program files\Hewlett-Packard\hpis\bin" and "matcli.log" was located under

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of matcli.exe: based on 9 votes with 10 user comments. 3 users think matcli.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think matcli.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade matcli.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving matcli issues

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