What is ctxfispi.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 ctxfispi.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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Ctxfispi.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ctxfispi
Ctxfispi.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SPI or SPI (Creative X-Fi Module) belongs to software Creative Audio Product by Creative Technology (

Description: Ctxfispi.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ctxfispi.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 730,112 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 699,392 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. There is no description of the program. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

ctxfispi.exe is a process installed alongside Creative Audio hardware 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.
  Crapper   (further information)
It is run under the System services DCOM Server Process Launcher. It is self identified as belonging to Creative Technologies; however, its behavior is noticed in system processes that have nothing to do with sound and everything to do with WBEM + SPI. In words, Web Based Enterprise Management + Smart Plug-Ins
Creative Labs Sound Card
  No-Sound, man  
Creative X-Fi Soundcard
If something on the webpage let me know when this topic and comments occurred I might reveal interesting revelations about the file. But, for all I know the topic and commentary could be from the year 2001 or even older. Include a reference date for the thread and comments. Imagine me making a serious effort to inform people about the topic but the topic been dead for 3 years i just don't know it without date references
Creative X-Fi adds 180.1 seconds to my shutdown on Vista
Belongs to the Creative Labs X-Fi soundcard. Detects when you plug/unplug headphones
This Sound Card USE to many modules.... so system will crash eventual
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ctxfispi.exe: based on 22 votes with 9 reviews. 13 users think ctxfispi.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks ctxfispi.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade ctxfispi.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ctxfispi issues

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