What is CTAELicensing.exe?

The genuine CTAELicensing.exe file is a software component of Creative Audio Engine Licensing Service by Creative Technology.
CTAELicensing.exe is an executable file that runs the Creative Audio Engine Licensing Service, an application that allows users to register and receive licenses for their Creative audio drivers. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Creative Technologies was founded on July 1st, 1981 by Sim Wong Hoo and Ng Kai Wa. Originally starting out as a simple repair shop, Creative has gone on to become one of the most recognized names in the computer audio industry, developing popular products such as its line of Sound Blaster audio cards which created a standard for computer audio interfaces. It is currently headquartered in Jurong East, Singapore. Creative designs, manufactures and distributes audio and video processors, multimedia, and digital consumer products.

CTAELicensing stands for Creative Technology Audio Engine Licensing Service

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 CTAELicensing.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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CTAELicensing.exe file information

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

The process known as System Level Service Utility or Creative Audio Engine Licensing Service belongs to software Creative Audio Engine Licensing Service by Creative Labs (

Description: CTAELicensing.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file CTAELicensing.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 79,360 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CTAELicensing.exe. Therefore, you should check the CTAELicensing.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

CTAELicensing.exe, is it a DRM service? No way! It's a licensing server for ensuring the DRIVER and CtHelper.exe and CTAudSvc.exe are not being distributed or used illegally! this is insane. a licensing program for a driver. So I'll try to find something like, a less absurd and less annoying version of this driver to run on my win7 install.
  Diamond Tiara   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of CTAELicensing.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving CTAELicensing issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CTAELicensing. 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 CTAELicensing.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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