Should I block it?

No, this file is 100% safe to run.

VersionsAdditional versions

6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.21%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.21%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.82%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.82%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.21%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.21%
5.2.3790.1830 (srv03_sp1_rtm.050324-1447) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 62.27%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 1.65%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 1.44%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.62%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 1.86%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 2.27%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.41%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.62%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 2.06%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.62%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.21%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 1.03%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 1.65%
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CTFMON.exe

CTF Loader by Microsoft

Remove CTFMON.exe
Version:   5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
MD5:   25ecfa69af1563fde8dfd31f9954497a
SHA1:   48570d8c9f076d41496b8f082670d8fb44e1768a
SHA256:   2aa16808e2c6572cb578cdd937bfda9ddb5c0dbfef36bdc5316fa2a699982754
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.

What is CTFMON.exe?

CTF Loader, a Microsoft Windows process relating to the ctfmon.exe file, which monitors active windows and provides text support for speech and handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and other technologies.

Overview

ctfmon.exe executes as a process with the local user's privileges. It is set to be run when the PC boots and the user logs into Windows (added to the Run registry key for the current user). It has been configured with a firewall exception which allows both inbound and outbound network communication without being blocked. This version is installed on Windows XP.

DetailsDetails

File name:ctfmon.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:CTF Loader
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\ctfmon.exe
File version:5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Product version:5.1.2600.2180
Size:15 KB (15,360 bytes)
Digital DNA
PE subsystem:Windows GUI
Entropy:6.118468
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
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BehaviorsBehaviors

Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'ctfmon.exe' → C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
Windows firewall allowed programs
Exceptions allow programs to access to the Internet through an outbound connections
  • Firewall exception for 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe'

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Microsoft Windows XP 97.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.00%
Windows Vista Home Premium 1.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 0.50%
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 29.23% of CTF Loader.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 30.33%
Intel 12.30%
Toshiba 10.66%
American Megatrends 9.84%
Hewlett-Packard 6.97%
GIGABYTE 6.56%
Compaq 6.56%
ASUS 4.92%
Sahara 3.69%
Lenovo 3.28%
Gateway 2.46%
Acer 1.64%
Sony 0.82%
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