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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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Parent processes
Related files

CTFMON.exe

CTF Loader by Microsoft

Remove CTFMON.exe
Version:   5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
MD5:   5f1d5f88303d4a4dbc8e5f97ba967cc3
SHA1:   99cb7370f16773c8e2d0c86fe805ec638ab126e9
SHA256:   5fb24fc7916a6e6b3be7d84cb1684215b266cd1495575c2e5672b8447932e5b1
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 typically within the context of its parent powerpnt.exe (Microsoft Office 2003 by Microsoft Corporation). 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 and is compiled as a 32 bit program.

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:5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
Product version:5.1.2600.5512
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'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.01702409%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.01232137%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00470272%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:10,355 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
User CPU time:0 ms/min
0 ms/min
Context switches:12/sec
284/sec
Memory
Private memory:1.37 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):4.07 MB
Private (minimum):2.78 MB
Non-paged memory:1.37 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:35.55 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):38.47 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:3.07 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):4.29 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:5,139/min
2,039/min
I/O
I/O read transfer:182 Bytes/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:1/sec
343/min
I/O write transfer:0 Bytes/sec
274.99 KB/min
I/O write operations:1/sec
227/min
I/O other transfer:968 Bytes/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:14/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:1
12
Handles:113
600
GUI GDI count:54
103
GUI USER count:25
49

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:Undefined
Platform:32-bit
Command lines:
  • ctfmon.exe
  • "C:\Windows\System32\ctfmon.exe"
  • "C:\winxp\system32\ctfmon.exe"
  • ctfmon.exe -n
Owner:User
Parent processes:

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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