Most antivirus programs identify cftmon.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Dropper or Downloader, and Microsoft identifies it as PWS:Win32/Yessim.gen or Backdoor:Win32/Koceg.gen!A.
The cftmon.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
The file activates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP) and the Microsoft Office Language Bar which monitors active windows and provides users with a text input service that supports speech and handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and other user input technologies. CFTMON continues to run in the background after a user quits an Office XP program. It also starts each time Windows is started.
CFTMon stands for CFT Loader Monitor
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Description: Cftmon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The cftmon.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in the Windows folder for temporary files.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 18,944 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 7,168 bytes and 29 more variants.
The cftmon.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, exefile). The program is not visible. Cftmon.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If cftmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 349,184 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 607,744 bytes or 801,280 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, exefile). Cftmon.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs.
If cftmon.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 14,491 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 211,972 bytes or 488,169 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The cftmon.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Cftmon.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Cftmon.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and hide itself.
Important: You should check the cftmon.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active cftmon process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the cftmon.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.