What Is atiw.exe? Is It A Virus Or Malware? How To Fix?

What is atiw.exe?

atiw.exe is an executable exe file which belongs to the Windows process DDV ATI Graphics Worker which comes with the software developed by Dell.

The .exe extension of the atiw file specifies that it is an executable file.

Malware and viruses are also transmitted through exe files. So we must be sure before running any unknown executable file on our computers.

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We will check if the atiw file is a virus or malware? Whether it should be deleted to keep your computer safe? Read more below.

Is atiw.exe safe to run? Is it a virus or malware?

Let’s check the location of this exe file to determine whether this is a legit software or a virus. The location of this file is mentioned below.

File Location : C:Program FilesDellDellDataVault

To check whether the exe file is legit you can start the Task Manager. Then click on the columns field and add Verified Signer as one of the columns.

Now look at the Verified Signer value for atiw.exe process if it says “Unable to verify” then the file may be a virus.

File Name atiw.exe
Software Developer Dell
File Type exe
File Location C:Program FilesDellDellDataVault
Software Dell Data Vault


If the developer of the software is legitimate, then it is not a virus or malware. If the developer is not listed or seems suspicious, you can remove it using the uninstall program.

How To Remove or Uninstall atiw.exe

To remove atiw.exe from your computer do the following steps one by one.

  1. If the file is a part of a software program, then it will also have an uninstall program. Then you can run the Uninstaller located at directory like C:Program Files>Dell>DDV ATI Graphics Worker orDell Data Vault >atiw_uninstall.exe.
  2. Or the atiw.exe was installed using the Windows Installer then to uninstall it Go to System Settings and open Add Or Remove Programs Option.
  3. Then Search for atiw.exe or the software name Dell Data Vault in the search bar or try out the developer name Dell.
  4. Then click on it and select the Uninstall Program option to remove atiw.exe file from your computer. Now the software Dell Data Vault program along with the file atiw.exe will be removed from your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop atiw process?

In order to stop the atiw.exe process from running you either have to uninstall the program associated with the file or if it’s a virus or malware, remove it using a Malware and Virus removal tool.

Is atiw a Virus or Malware?

As per the information we have the atiw might be a virus or malware because even a good file might be infected with malware or virus to disguise itself. So follow our tutorial above to check it.

Is atiw causing High Disk Usage?

You can find this by opening the Task Manager application ( Right-click on Windows Taskbar and choose Task Manager) and click on the Disk option at the top to sort and find out the disk usage of atiw.

Is atiw causing High CPU Usage?

You can find whether atiw is using Full CPU by opening the Task Manager application. Now find the atiw.exe process and check the CPU usage percentage.

Is atiw causing High Network Usage?

If the atiw has High data Usage, you can find this by opening the Task Manager windows app and find the atiw.exe process and check the Network Usage column percentage.

How to check GPU Usage of atiw?

To check whether the atiw is causing high GPU usage, open the Task Manager window and look for the atiw process in the name column and check the GPU usage column.

I hope you were able to learn more about the atiw.exe file and how to remove it.

Let us know in the comments below if you face any other atiw issues.

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