What is CCXProcess.exe? Does it need to run at startup?

What is ccxprocess.exe?
Ccxprocess.exe, Adobe CretiveCloud
Written by Wilbur Woodham

You can see the process named “ccxprocess.exe” in your task manager. Some of the users start panic, thinking that it is a sign of coin-miner or spyware presence. However, you may keep calm, because in the majority of cases this process is legit. In this article, you will read the information about this task, as well as the methods of detecting if it is a malicious one.

What is the purpose of ccxprocess.exe?

This process belongs to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is getting installed when you get Adobe software on your PC. This process is needed to create a single workspace for all projects you create with programs from Adobe. It usually appears in the task manager as soon as Windows is started, regardless of the fact if you run, or intended to run Photoshop or Lightroom.

ccxprocess.exe process in Task Manager

To perform all functions correctly, it calls for several cscript.exe and conhost.exe processes. Sometimes, you can see more than one instance of ccxprocess.exe. That occurs when you use the antivirus program that has some conflicts with the functions of this process. The main problem that makes the users think that it is a virus is its resource consumption: when you run several Adobe programs simultaneously, it tries to synchronize the activities from all of them, creating problems for weak computers.

Does ccxprocess.exe need to run at startup?

It is recommended to allow this process to launch together with the Windows, if you use Adobe programs everyday. It consumes quite a small amount of PC resources, and has a low impact on the system startup speed. But if Photoshop/Lightroom/Premiere/etc. is not one of your working tools, and you need it only to edit photo/video sometimes, you can disable it through the Startup menu in Task Manager.

ccxprocess.exe in the Startup menu

Open Task Manager → Startup. Find the CCXProcess by Adobe Systems, click it one time, and then press the “disable” button at the right bottom corner.

Is CCXProcess.exe a virus?

In the majority of cases, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you see that this process consumes a lot of hardware capacities without any Adobe programs running, the suspicion must be raised. In one specific case, ccxprocess.exe can consume a lot of resources without any visible reason – when you use AVG Antivirus. They are conflicting for some reasons, and it can cause such problems.

But if you don’t use AVG Antivirus, and see such a situation, it is time to investigate. Check the file location of this process: click it with the right mouse button in task manager, and choose “Open file location” option in the appeared menu. The original process is created with the file with the same name located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Creative Cloud Experience. If it is located anywhere else, it is likely a virus. I’d recommend you to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware for this case.

root directory of ccxprocess.exe

Proper location of ccxprocess.exe

Removing the viruses with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

  • Download and install the GridinSoft Anti-Malware. After the installation, you will be offered to perform the standard scan. Apply this action.
  • GridinSoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

  • Standard scan lasts up to six minutes and checks the system files together with the files of the programs you have installed on your computer.
  • GridinSoft Anti-Malware scan results

  • When the scan is complete, press “Apply” to wipe out the malicious items that are present on your PC.
  • Malware removing with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

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    What is ccxprocess.exe? Does it need to run at startup?
    What is ccxprocess.exe? Does it need to run at startup?
    Ccxprocess.exe is a process that belongs to Adobe Creative Cloud. It can consume significant amounts of hardware capacities. It also can be...

    About the author

    Wilbur Woodham

    I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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