Cannot end atieclxx.exe process in Windows 10 – Is it a virus?

Like the winlogon.exe and the csrss.exe processes, the atieclxx.exe has been called a virus by many users. This is a hoax spread by Scam Tech Support companies to fool users and sell their products. The legitimate atieclxx.exe process represents the AMD ATI External Events Client Module.


AMD ATI External Events Client Module or atieclxx.exe

It’s a light process, and the size of the associated file is usually less than 1MB in size. It doesn’t utilize a lot of system resources while running in the background.

What is atieclxx.exe and why does it run at startup

The atieclxx.exe process is a part of AMD External Events and is associated with the ATI External Event Utility for Windows It manages the ATI hotkey feature on your system and is set to run at startup.

Is atieclxx.exe a virus?

A virus could be disguised as any process useful to a system and may take any name. The original location of the legitimate atieclxx.exe file is C:\Windows\System32. Right-click on the process in the Task Manager and select Open Location. Check if the location is same as the original location. If not, scan your computer for malware.

Is the atieclxx.exe critical to the system? Can you kill the process?

Atieclxx.exe is not a system process and is associated with your AMD hardware. Your system won’t crash if you kill the process. However, usually it doesn’t utilize a lot of system resources. Thus it shouldn’t be a problem.

If you want to terminate or end this process, you could disable the parent service. The procedure for the same is as follows:

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command services.msc. Press Enter to open the Service Manager.

Locate AMD External Events Utility in the Service Manager and right-click on it. Select Properties.AMD properties

Click on the Stop button to terminate it. Next, change the Startup Type to Disabled.

Click on Apply and then on OK to save the settings. Restart the system.

We hope this helps solve your doubts about the atieclxx.exe process.

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