Atiptaxx.exe: Malware or not?

Atiptaxx.exe is a utility authored by ATI Technologies and is a part of ATI Graphics Card utilities.  The file is a task bar icon for ATI. When you install ATI drivers for your graphics card, atiptaxx.exe is installed alongside them. The process is used by ATI graphics cards to change the resolution of your display, number of colors and other features. If you need to download other drivers, you can easily go to the ATI website and make a selection.

The primary task of atiptaxx.exe is to bring up the Display Properties dialog box from the System Tray. However, this is just a redundant task because you can invoke the dialog box in a variety of ways. This is the reason why the atiptaxx.exe icon may just be wasting your task bar real estate.

What’s more, the utility is not an absolute necessity even if you have an ATI graphics card. Users can simply choose to keep the application or discard it. You may choose to use the utility if you want to maximize settings and maintain clear graphics or, if you have Radeon based cards.

File Information

The legitimate atiptaxx.exe file may be found in C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe. At times, the file may also be found in a subfolder of the C:\ or C:\Windows, or My Files folder. The most common file size on Windows XP is 344,064 bytes. You may also find the file in sizes 339,968, 335,872, 294,912, 290,816, 315,392, 327,680, 323,584, 319,488, 25,600, 14,348, 286,720, 69,632, 26,954, 27,152, 36,877, 521,984, 27,832, 27,148, 37,388, 28,172, 356,352, 37,033, 24,076, 16,897, and 37,248 bytes. Although atiptaxx.exe is not a Windows core file, it is a Windows signed file.

The registry entry for the process exists in the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

These entries enable the program to start when your system starts.

Atiptaxx.exe Problems

Problems with atiptaxx.exe start when you have the process running unnecessarily even if you have replaced your ATI graphics card with a different graphics card. In this case, atiptaxx.exe running in the background is known to cause errors in games, causing them to slowdown and stay that way until you reboot the PC. Also, even if you have the ATI graphics card, the process is known to unnecessarily run in the background and cause PC slow downs.

In this case, you may choose to disable the process from loading at system startup. To do this, right-click on its icon in the System Tray, clear the option that enables it to start at system boot, and then click Apply.

After you disable the tray icon, you can access the Display Properties dialog box from the Control Panel. Another method is to right-click on the Desktop and then click Properties.

After you disable the process from loading at startup, it is run only when you open the Display Properties dialog box. If you want to fix all issues by totally disabling the utility, you can tweak the registry. You can find the entry for the process at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ATI Technologies\Desktop. Here, change the value data for the sub-key NoAtipta from 0 to 1.

Just like other EXE files, Atiptaxx.exe may be attacked by malware programs to infect your PC and run malicious codes on it. If you don’t find the process file in its default folder or if the file has a different file size, it is quite likely to be infected. Also, at times, when infected with malware, you may find processes with names similar to the Atiptaxx.exe running on your computer. In this case, you may fix the issue by scanning your PC with efficient antivirus and antispyware tools. These tools will help you repair infected files and restore your PC to a normal functioning state. It is also recommended that after a malware scan, you use a good registry tool, such as RegServe to deeply scan the registry and remove any malicious entries from it to ensure complete malware removal.