Have you noticed in the Task Manager an atieclxx.exe process running in the background? Well you should read this article to find out what is atieclxx.exe process and how to remove it or disable it.
Just like the ccc.exe process, another service that is part of the ATi Control Panel is atieclxx.exe process. If you recently noticed a high CPU and RAM usage by atieclxx.exe process it is very likely that you are dealing with a virus on your computer. Here is what you need to do in order to find out if the atieclxx.exe process that is running in the background is a legit process file or not.
Open the Task Manager and select the atieclxx.exe process entry. Then you should right click on it and select the Open File Location option. If you do not have a virus on your computer than the file should be located in C:\Windows\System32.
There were some user reports who said that they found the atieclxx.exe process to be located in the Windows directory but not in the System32 folder. As this is not a location known to be legit for the file, we highly recommend you to install an antivirus software so that you can clean your computer from any viruses that are hiding behind this atieclxx.exe process.
How to remove the atieclxx.exe process if infected?
If you would like to clean your computer and remove the atieclxx.exe process under which a virus might be hiding, here are the steps that you must follow. For start, you will need to make sure that the atieclxx.exe process is not running anymore. You can do this in two ways. The first and easiest way is to open the Task Manager again and right click on the atieclxx.exe entry, selecting the End Process Tree option. Doing this will close any other processes that run next to the virus so that it can be removed safely from your computer.
If by any reason you are not able to access the Task Manager you can open the Control Panel and select the Administrative Tools option. From there on, you must open the Services editor and scroll through the items until you find the atieclxx.exe entry. Once selected, you can use the Stop this service button from the right side of the screen in order to stop the atieclxx.exe process from running in the background.
Before proceeding to cleanup your computer of any viruses that are hiding behind the atieclxx.exe process you must first make sure that the process will not run again the next time that you boot up your computer.
You can do this by clicking on the start menu and then typing services.msc in the run or search for programs box. When the Services editor opens you must find the atieclxx.exe process entry and then deselect the box next to its name. By doing this, you will be able to clean your computer safely, without having the process running again in the background.
Once you’ve managed to do all of the above steps, it would be wise to use a dedicated antivirus software to clean your computer of any viruses that are using the atieclxx.exe process file to disguise them and create exploits.
We should inform you that you must not remove the atieclxx.exe process unless it is strictly necessary. This is a critical process that is required by the ATi Control Panel to run and should not be disabled if it is not using a high amount of CPU or RAM.