What is CFD.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the CFD.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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CFD.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CFD
CFD.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Client Foundation belongs to software BroadJump Client Foundation by BroadJump (

Description: CFD.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CFD.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\BroadJump\Client Foundation\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 368,706 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 376,912 bytes, 483,394 bytes or 368,720 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The CFD.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to contact Customer Service, see if there is a newer version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > BroadJump Client Foundation).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CFD.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CFD.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

The trouble with this software is that when you have the original, unmalwared version of cfd.exe it does function as described by some greenlighters here, as an autofix and connection manager for many ISP's broadband connections. However, malware of many breeds will call themselves cfd.exe, delete the original and start communicating masquerading as the ISP's program... many can even "take over" the original and all it's data and connectivity, which becomes a powerful tool for botmanagers when it's running on a high spec machine with a fast fibreoptic broadband connection.
  Jim Aitken  
I was supporting a customer whose machine suddenly started freezing and running very slowly. Uninstalling Broadcom Suite (and related Broadcom programs) resolved the issue, and did not affect their Comcast connection.
Its basically a form of spyware that DSL and other internet companies use to monitor what you visit... basically them getting more out of you than you know.
Slows down my computer with this task running its a virus apparnetly none of my mates have it with COMODO
It's an essential part of COMODO Anti Virus & Firewall
  User 42  
I know after it was gone I was able to record music again.
This is the Comodo Firewall Pro. Check through msconfig from run on start menu.
CFP is Comodo Firewall Pro
  JW Finch  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CFD.exe: based on 54 votes with 9 reviews. 19 users think CFD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 12 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 13 users suspect danger. 5 users think CFD.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 users don't grade CFD.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving CFD issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CFD. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CFD.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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