I have atieclxx.exe in my processes and with no description?

I have been playing about with my GPU drivers lately for game related issues, as this was the case I wanted to fully uninstall all AMD programmes using the ATI application.

After doing this I did not instantly install new drivers as I wanted to find the correct one so instead I was just running of the windows files as I wasn't gaming or anything.

After a few reboots though I discovered that atieclxx.exe was always in my processes even though  I had no ATI programmes installed, I tried to end this process but I can't for some reason and also there is no description with it!

I know this atieclxx.exe is used as a malware aswell but I'm not sure what I have is legit or a malware programme, so far the only thing I have done is to going into Admin tools, services and manually stop the programme that way 

In the services section aswell it also had no description there either, afterwards I was going to do this command prompt >  sc delete "AMD External Events Utility" nothing happened as it said the file did not exist.

I've gone into my System 32 folder as well and did a search and found that atieclxx is > System 32\DriverStore\FileRepository 

There is also another one but just in C:\Windows\System32 > I know that atieclxx.exe malware usually hides in there!

I have done a full Malware scan and nothing has come up but its still annoying me so could someone please give me advice on what the best option is to do please! :) Many thanks


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Last updated July 17, 2019 Views 24,412 Applies to:

. Get your antivirus program up to date and boot into Safe Mode. To get into Safe Mode when you first power up hit F8 about once a second until you get the menu and select Safe Mode. Then run a full system scan. Forum moderator Keith has some suggestions along this line at


If that fixes it, fine. If not, use System Restore to go back to a date prior to the beginning of the problem. To run System Restore, click Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore. Click the box that says Show more restore points.

You can check for corrupted system files. Open an administrator command prompt and run SFC if the above doesn't help. Click START, then type sfc in the search box, right-click SFC.EXE and click Run as administrator. Then from the command prompt type sfc /scannow.

Finally if all else fails, you can check the rather cryptic system event log. To do so click Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer. Once in Event Viewer click on the system log and scroll through the entries looking for those flagged "error" to see if you can find hints as to where the problem could be.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

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