What is CTIServ.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 CTIServ.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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CTIServ.exe file information

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

The process known as CtiServ belongs to software Centurion Technologies, Inc. CtiServ by Centurion Technologies (

Description: CTIServ.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The CTIServ.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 151,611 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 385,081 bytes. 
The program is not visible. CTIServ.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. CTIServ.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify CTIServ.exe related errors

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

rating 69, window not visible. Using at a 'net cafe--part of local monitoring or something more nefarious?
Used as part of Centurion DriveShield - protects hard drives from changes
I know that its running constantly on my school network, and they are probably spying on you/us
Part of Drive Shield, used to lock workstations so that permanent changes can not be made
  Mark Henwood  
It is a program that allows you to lock the computer hard drive against changes on a public access computer
  Kay Hicks   (further information)
CTI Driveshield file for communicating data across network... program associated with maintaining image of drive - not allowing any change to drive on remote computer
software lock... reboot and all changes made gone
  Duh-on   (further information)
horizondatasys - Drive Vaccine
    (further information)
Harmless. Simply used by DriveShield utility to communicate with Network Control Manager
Their software protects the HD by dumping ALL your session activity into "Scratch Space" which is promptly cleared on reboot, as well as restoring an image from a remote machine, returning the computer to it's original state regardless of any "Nefarious activity". It can stump the average savvy computer user, but not always.
  PlNG   (further information)
CenturionGuard® uses a lock and key or/and software to enable and disable security protection
  jojesa   (further information)
It is easly over ridden and detected. If they want to have a successful software than they need to concentrate on hiding it from advanced computer experts.
Used for Drive Sheild. It keeps the hard drive from having changes applied to it.
  Zell Faze  

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Summary: Average user rating of CTIServ.exe: based on 12 votes with 13 user comments. 6 users think CTIServ.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving CTIServ issues

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