What is cli.exe?

The genuine cli.exe file is a software component of ATI Catalyst Control Center by ATI.
ATI Catalyst Control Center is a device driver and utility software package meant for AMD's graphics cards. Cli.exe launches the Command Line Interface required for the Catalyst Control Center to run. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems.

ATI Catalyst Control Center is a program designed for the Windows platform that enables AMD APUs and GPUs to perform faster. The software offers over twenty features and claims up to 19% performance increase on AMD Radeon graphics and up to 29% on AMD APUs. This program is often installed along with drivers for ATI graphics cards.

ATI Technologies Inc. was a Canadian company that developed semiconductor technology. It specialized in the manufacture of graphics processing units and chipsets. It was founded in 1985 by Lee Ka Lau, Francis Lau, Benny Lau, and Kwok Yuen Ho, as Array Technologies Industry. It was bought by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for $5.6 billion in 2006 as part of AMD's strategic development of its Fusion generation of computer processors. ATI and its main competitor, NVidia, forced other manufacturers into narrower roles in the market as they achieved dominance in the graphics processor market. Today, AMD no longer uses the ATI brand name for any of their products.

CLI stands for Command Line Interface

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 cli.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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Cli.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cli
Cli.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CLI Application (Command Line Interface) or ATI Catalyst Control Center belongs to software ATI Catalyst Control Center or Catalyst Control Centre or Catalyst Control Center - Branding by ATI Technologies (

Description: Cli.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cli.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—usually C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (81% of all occurrences), 32,768 bytes and 4 more variants. 
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's Add\Remove programs applet. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run, Run). Cli.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer ATI provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ ATI Catalyst Control Center or ccc-core-static).

Recommended: Identify cli.exe related errors

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.


User Comments

ABSOLUTEL neccesarry if you have an AMD/ATI graphics card for the control of it. If you don't have an AMD/ATI card, you don't need it
I have installed the driver Omega on my computer then after installing my AMD Control Center wont be open it's says please type the correct name "cli". and try again later? some case that my memory went to feed rate above 7 GB, whats is going wrong any help?
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.
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 it would be much problem for me since u guys are having 80+
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of cli.exe: based on 251 votes with 9 reviews. 105 users think cli.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 17 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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Best practices for resolving cli issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cli. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the cli.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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