What is CTEaxSpl.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 CTEaxSpl.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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CTEaxSpl.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with CTEaxSpl
CTEaxSpl.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Startup Splash or Eax Splash belongs to software CTEaxSpl by Creative Technology (

Description: CTEaxSpl.EXE is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CTEaxSpl.EXE is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\Creative\Splash Screen\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (72% of all occurrences) or 49,152 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, RunOnce). The file is not a Windows core file. CTEaxSpl.EXE appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CTEaxSpl.EXE, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CTEaxSpl.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

Its a soundblaster audigy file.
not dangerous, but would it be ok to disable this spalsh screen or will that make my soundcard fail?
It's simply the audigy splash screen that shows when you start your computer.
  jbrisson - Opensource Computing LLC.  
soundblaster audigy file, seems ok to disable without upsetting the soundcard
It's just a routine to show the Creative EAX logo and sound on bootup. Can be disabled easily through the included Creative Labs program group (at least, on my Extigy).
It's what it is people, "Start up splash!".. Meaning: Just a short movie to show you that "creative software has been added to your system for your speakers and new surround system you got threw adding your self... If you don't like the splash film, then simply turn it off in "options" by looking up "Creative" in your all programs files.. But far as removing it, do so by removing the file by hand if you must a look it up - you don't want to remove what you just added for your system to run.. I run Extigy threw USB, and this is simply the start up splash film to show you it's installed ..
  Rico S Suav'e   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of CTEaxSpl.EXE: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. 6 users think CTEaxSpl.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks CTEaxSpl.EXE is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving CTEaxSpl issues

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

To help you analyze the CTEaxSpl.EXE process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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