Catalyst Control Center or the ccc.exe process

by Linas Kiguolis - -

Some users detected the ccc.exe process in Task Manager takes up a huge amount of PC resources. So is this process is legitimately working or should be removed from the system? 

Catalyst Control Center ccc.exe

The CCC stands for Catalyst Control Center and is a component of the ATI video card driver package. The functionalities of the ccc.exe process include setting hotkeys for various display profiles and customizing the display.[1]

The ccc.exe process is not the executable of the graphics driver, instead, it is a component of the utilities tied to the driver packages. It is also responsible for the little ATI icon in System Tray. 

What kind of potential security threat can cause the ccc.exe process?

If your ATI is powered video card then the presence of the CCC executable shouldn’t concern you. If you want to be completely sure, you can check the location of the ccc.exe by opening Task Manager and locate the ccc.exe executable in the Processes tabs. Then, by right-clicking on ccc.exe choose Open File Location. If the executable appears to be inside Program Files/ATI Technology, you can be sure that your process is legitimate.[2]

However, if the revealed location is different or you do not have an ATI graphics card, possibly you are dealing with a malware executable which masks as the legitimate program. 

If the executable is detected in C:/Windows or C:/Windows/System32, you are infected with a virus infection. 

Should you remove the ccc.exe process?

We would not recommend users to manually remove the ccc.exe process because it can lead to breaking the whole utility suite. What we would recommend is to make the necessary changes based on the issues.[3]

If the CCC executable uses too much CPU resources, then users can remove the tray icon. The icon can be removed from ATI Control Panel utility – Options > Preferences and unbox Enable System Tray Menu

If this method did not work, you can remove the ccc.exe executable by uninstalling the ATI Catalyst Control Panel. In order to uninstall the ccc.exe process, you have to open a Run window and type ‘appwiz.cpl’ and press Enter to access Programs and Features. In Programs and Features uninstall ATI Catalyst Control Panel and ATI Catalyst Install Manager. Other similar entries should be uninstalled too. 

However, if you have ATI graphics card then the system won’t function properly when the required drivers will be uninstalled. Once the ccc.exe is removed you should reinstall them according to your graphics card and Windows version. 

ccc.exe has stopped working’ error

If you see the ‘ccc.exe has stopped working error’ we would recommend you to delete the ATI folder from AppData. 

  1. Make sure you are able to see all the hidden files and folders by pressing Windows key + R and open a Run window. Type ‘control.exe folders’ and open File Explorer Options by pressing Enter.
  2. When you access File Explorer Options, navigate to the View tab. Access Advanced Settings and select thumbnail associated with Show hidden files, folders and drives under Hidden files and folders.
  3. Launch OS drive (often C:) and open the ProgramData folder. In this folder, you should see an ATI folder, which should be deleted and removed from Recycle Bin. 
  4. Further, you need to navigate to C:\\Users\\*youraccountname*\\AppData\\Local and locate another ATI folder, which should be deleted and removed from Recycle bin as well. 
  5. After you delete both older restart your PC and log in using the administrator account to receive a notice that the ccc.exe process is no longer working. 

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Linas Kiguolis is a senior IT developer and news editor at He has a major in Applied Computer Science because IT has been his passion for a very long time even before he went to college.

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