What is CTRegRun.EXE?

The genuine CTRegRun.EXE file is a software component of Creative On-line Registration System by Creative Technology.
CTRegRun.exe is an executable file that runs the Creative Technology Registration Scheduler, used to register Creative products over the Internet. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Creative Technologies was founded on July 1st, 1981 by Sim Wong Hoo and Ng Kai Wa. Originally starting out as a simple repair shop, Creative has gone on to become one of the most recognized names in the computer audio industry, developing popular products such as its line of Sound Blaster audio cards which created a standard for computer audio interfaces. It is currently headquartered in Jurong East, Singapore. Creative designs, manufactures and distributes audio and video processors, multimedia, and digital consumer products.

CTRegRun stands for Creative Technology Registration Program Runner

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 CTRegRun.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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CTRegRun.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with CTRegRun
CTRegRun.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Registration Scheduler Program belongs to software Creative Product Registration or Creative On-line Registration System by Creative Technology (

Description: CTRegRun.EXE is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file CTRegRun.EXE is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (63% of all occurrences) or 41,984 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CTRegRun.EXE. Therefore, you should check the CTRegRun.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

This mysteriously "appeared" on my PC thismorning. So far I cannot get rid of it
  Jon Battle  
It is an online registration for their products sound card webcam etc
only what i just read here but wanted to add that I became aware of this after checking the details from a dangerous start up program warning after glary utilities scan and the fact that I had just re-installed my Creative E-MU midi-interface and skipped re-registering it. I'ld be concerned if I didn't have a register-able product from Creative Creative Professional Technology website
  mel woods  
Its's on my computer. Probably from the creative webcam I installed. Causes my MP to run full throttle. Drains a 4 hr batt. in 1hr 15min. I can suspend it through viewing performance monitor. However, this file will return during startup.
I did purchase a soundcard from Creative Soundblaster, but the thing is it started eating up all my CPU power. What happened exactly is I defragged my computer and I let it restart, then the product registration window kept popping up (CTRegRun). Couldn't figure out how to close it so I just went to task manager to stop the process entirely. Apparently it didn't end there. I restarted my computer again and this time it was eating up the CPU power, as stated before. I guess it was trying to load the window but wouldn't, so I just deleted CTRegRun. CPU problem was fixed.
  AntyCrix (Chris D)  

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Summary: Average user rating of CTRegRun.EXE: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks CTRegRun.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving CTRegRun issues

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