Is msctfime.ime safe?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the msctfime.ime 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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Msctfime.ime file information

The process known as Microsoft Text Frame Work Service IME belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Msctfime.ime is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msctfime.ime is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 177,152 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 162,304 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Msctfime.ime is not a Windows core file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify msctfime.ime related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msctfime.ime. Therefore, you should check the msctfime.ime 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


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Summary: Average user rating of msctfime.ime: based on 13 votes with 1 user comment. 3 users think msctfime.ime is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 9 users think msctfime.ime is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving msctfime issues

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