What is CTXFIREG.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 CTXFIREG.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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CTXFIREG.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software CTXFIREG by Creative Technology (

Description: CTXFIREG.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. CTXFIREG.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 47,104 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 42,496 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce, DEFAULT\Runonce, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If CTXFIREG.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 36,864 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce, DEFAULT\Runonce, Run). It is not a Windows system file. CTXFIREG.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as CTXFIREG.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CTXFIREG.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

comes with creative sound blaster audigy and audigy 2
  tensecondstoday   (further information)
ctxfireg.exe is a process installed alongside Creative Labs sound card driver and provides additional configuration options for these devices. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
  James Reed   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of CTXFIREG.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks CTXFIREG.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving CTXFIREG issues

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