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What does the cli.exe file do?

The cli.exe process is also known as CLI Application (Command Line Interface) or, as the case may be, ATI Catalyst Control Center and is a part of ATI Catalyst Control Center or, as the case may be, Catalyst Control Centre. This software is produced by ATI Technologies (www.ati.com). An obsolete or defective version of cli.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 cli.exe CLI Application

cli.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Cli.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - e.g. C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 45,056 bytes (84% of all these files), 32,768 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The cli file is not part of the Windows operating system. This particular software is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). Cli.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 53% 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 cli.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 cli?

It appears to have come with ATI Technologies Catalyst Control Center, it's in C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.exe (further information...)
Mark Rejhon
Ati Catalyst GFX driver .
is running two instances of cli.exe, both sucking 6mb of system ram in total. harmless but penetrant
gibtkein Brot
It is ATI control center
Dave Jukes
It is the OPTIONAL Catalist interface. You can download the control panel one, but it offers less versitility. This program utilizes Microsoft .NET framework. (further information...)

Summary: 99 users judge cli.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 16 users consider it harmless. However, 37 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 32 users have already deleted cli.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall ATI Catalyst Control Center or Catalyst Control Centre

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To remove CLI Application 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 Catalyst Control Center or Catalyst Control Centre in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if cli.exe (CLI Application) 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 CLI Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CLI Application 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 cli.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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