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What does the ATIRW.exe file do?

The ATIRW.exe process is also known as ATI Remote Wonder and is a part of ATI Remote Wonder (Version 2) or, as the case may be, ATIRW2. This software is produced by ATI Technologies (www.ati.com). An obsolete or defective version of ATIRW.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about ATIRW.exe ATI Remote Wonder

ATIRW.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file ATIRW.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (often C:\Program Files\ATI Multimedia\RemCtrl\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 196,608 bytes (45% of all these files), 1,482,752 bytes, 200,704 bytes, 1,622,016 bytes or, as the case may be, 192,512 bytes.
You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run). For this reason, 30% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ATIRW.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about ATIRW?

unless your GFX card comes with a remote it's safe to remove
If you don't want it you can disable it (in your systray rightclick the remote-control icon - properties)
failed to regester

Summary: 2 users judge ATIRW.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall ATI Remote Wonder or ATIRW2

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To remove ATI Remote Wonder from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for ATI Remote Wonder or ATIRW2 in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if ATIRW.exe (ATI Remote Wonder) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of ATI Remote Wonder. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ATI Remote Wonder or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ATIRW.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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