What is CtService.exe?

The genuine CtService.exe file is a software component of Cold Turkey by Cold Turkey.
Cold Turkey is a productivity tool for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS platforms. CtService.exe runs the Cold Turkey application. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Cold Turkey is an anti-distraction software that is designed to temporarily block users from accessing certain websites, applications, stay completely offline, during a scheduled productivity session. The program is popular amongst writers and offers a version that can block everything by forcing the application into full screen mode until a specified goal is reached. Cold Turkey Software Inc. is a software development company that develops the eponymous Cold Turkey productivity application. The company was founded by a programming student, Felix Belzile.

CTService stands for Cold Turkey 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 CtService.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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CtService.exe file information

The process known as CtService or CTService belongs to software HP Theft Recovery or Cold Turkey by Felix Belzile.

Description: CtService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The CtService.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,168 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 62,976 bytes. 
You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. CtService.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with CtService.exe, you can do the following:
  1) completely remove HP Theft Recovery or Cold Turkey (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) get help from the software vendor Absolute.

Recommended: Identify CtService.exe related errors

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

It's Cold Turkey's service. Useful program people install to block distracting websites for certain periods of time. The service stops you from just going in and editing the hosts file after if you have a change of heart about blocking the sites.

Summary: Average user rating of CtService.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 CtService issues

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