What does the cl.exe file do?
There is no reliable information about the producer of the "cl.exe" process. An obsolete or defective version of cl.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- cl.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- cl.exe has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- cl.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module cl.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about cl.exe cl.exe
cl.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Cl.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 62,464 bytes.
This process is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual This cl program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. For this reason, 36% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A cl.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder. In this case, the file size is usually 818,688 bytes. Cl.exe does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Cl.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes, supervise programs as well as modify other Windows tasks.
A cl.exe file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 9,728 bytes. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual Cl.exe can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
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 cl.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 cl?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall unknown
To remove cl.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for unknown in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if cl.exe (cl.exe) 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 cl.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for cl.exe 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 cl.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.