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How to remove an ctfmon error


Ctfmon.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. Only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if ctfmon.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or an application you can trust.

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Ctfmon.exe file information

The process known as CTF Loader or eMule or Cicero Loader or Sun Java update scheduler or SoBit Mail Service or Microsoft Office Word or Shareaza Ultimate File Sharing

belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or eMule or Microsoft® Windows NT® Operating System or wsgta or Microsoft Office Professional Edition (version 2003) or Family Keylogger or jusched.exe or Microsoft Office (version 2003)

by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or http://www.emule-project.net or Sun MicroSystems (www.sun.com) or Shareaza Development Team (www.shareaza.com) or SoBit.

Description: The file ctfmon.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 15,360 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 30,208 bytes and 80 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/ctfmon.exe.html 
The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce). Ctfmon.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify ctfmon.exe related errors .

Viruses with the same file name

Is ctfmon.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true ctfmon.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "CTF Loader". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as Worm:Win32/Fakerecy.A or Virus:Win32/Virut.BI (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Win32.VB.aqt or Worm.Win32.VB.xb (detected by Kaspersky).
To ensure that no rogue ctfmon.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.

How to recognize suspicious variants? If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 20% dangerous. The file size is 15,360 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 8,704 bytes and 10 more variants. The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft.

If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 69% dangerous. The file size is 4,952,064 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 291,908 bytes and 11 more variants. The ctfmon.exe file is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce). Ctfmon.exe is able to record inputs, connect to the Internet and hide itself.

If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 20,480 bytes (79% of all occurrences), 49,152 bytes and 6 more variants.

If ctfmon.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 69% dangerous. The file size is 2,811,732 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 95,744 bytes and 17 more variants.

If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 61% dangerous. The file size is 20,480 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 5,798,912 bytes and 12 more variants.

If ctfmon.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers, the security rating is 97% dangerous. The file size is 43,928 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 49,762 bytes and 4 more variants.

If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 45,568 bytes.

If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes.

If ctfmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 368,640 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "ctfmon" can run at start up. CTFMon is involved with the language/alternative input services in Office XP. CTFMON.exe will continue to put itself back into MSConfig when you run the Office XP apps as long as the Text Services and Speech applets in the Control Panel are enabled. Not required if you don't need these features. For more info on ctfmon see here

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



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User Comments

The process is defined as the program CTF Loader.
  david scott   (further information)
can not delete ctfmon.exe because it says I need special permission. It is located in user-windows-system32.
   
Unless you use the language bar, get rid of it. Even when located in the proper folder, it causes internet connectivity problems. The Microsoft site details their preferred "blanking" procedure. However, I removed it outright and experienced NO instability (unless the absence of the language bar can be considered instability). This immediately cleared up numerous connectivity problems. Microsoft's attitude is wholly unacceptable: having garbageware running all the time just "because" is piss-poor practice, as well as being highly suspicious. Somebody should have a look under the hood to see what this piece of crap is really doing. Since it runs even when nothing related to the language bar is concerned, it has more than one purpose, and one that Microsoft doesn't want to give up - or reveal to the public.
  Foo  
Click on Start. Click on run. Type MSCONFIG and enter. Click on Startup. If ctfmon box is checked, uncheck it. Thats it, PC speed back to normal.
  Patrick A Kavanagh  
Sometimes it a virus, sometimes its a language file from Microsoft office.
  Pinkie Pie  
Ctfmon.exe is a system file but if you find the file in anx other location then of course it is a virus.Use Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 (the best antivirus software all over the world) .It will automatically delete or quarrantine the file.If you need more suggestions use tuneup utilities 2012 and uniblue speed up my pc software to get your pc in top shape (full performance) .
  Habib Ashraf  
system requirements Windows 7 Vista, 2003, XP, 2000 (including 64-bit)
  RSThomas  
Does not require MS Office to be currently installed. It just hangs around. Located in c\i386, and System32\, System32\DLLCache, ServicePackFiles\i386 in Windows\.
  Al Breeck   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ctfmon.exe: based on 502 votes with 9 reviews.
169 users think ctfmon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 24 users think it's probably harmless. 139 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 74 users suspect danger. 96 users think ctfmon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 32 users don't grade ctfmon.exe ("not sure about it").


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