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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PE structurePE file structure

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Import table
RegDeleteValueA, RegOpenKeyExA, RegCloseKey, RegSetValueExA, RegCreateKeyA, RegCreateKeyExA
lstrcpynA, lstrlenA, GetSystemDirectoryA, GetSystemWindowsDirectoryA, GetVersionExA, GetACP, InitializeCriticalSectionAndSpinCount, DeleteCriticalSection, LocalFree, CloseHandle, ResetEvent, OpenEventA, CreateProcessA, lstrcatA, GetSystemInfo, lstrcmpiA, FreeLibrary, LoadLibraryA, CreateEventA, QueryPerformanceCounter, GetTickCount, GetCurrentThreadId, GetCurrentProcessId, GetSystemTimeAsFileTime, TerminateProcess, GetCurrentProcess, UnhandledExceptionFilter, SetUnhandledExceptionFilter, GetModuleHandleA, GetStartupInfoA, LocalAlloc, GetProcAddress, RegisterApplicationRestart, GetModuleHandleW, GetCommandLineW, GetStartupInfoW, InterlockedCompareExchange, Sleep, InterlockedExchange
TF_InitSystem, TF_GetGlobalCompartment, TF_InvalidAssemblyListCacheIfExist, TF_InvalidAssemblyListCache, TF_PostAllThreadMsg, TF_CreateCicLoadMutex, TF_UninitSystem
ClosePopupTipbar, GetPopupTipbar
EnumWindows, GetClassNameA, FindWindowA, PostMessageA, SetTimer, KillTimer, MsgWaitForMultipleObjects, PeekMessageA, TranslateMessage, DispatchMessageA, GetMessageA, SetWindowPos, LoadCursorA, RegisterClassExA, DefWindowProcA, PostQuitMessage, CreateWindowExA, GetSystemMetrics


CTF Loader by Microsoft

Remove CTFMON.exe
Version:   6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
MD5:   7e370df3743b39cd375c52f7995783c4
SHA1:   d8c094a8230b8fdf2a52fd01524b8af733dda70f
SHA256:   39832d3ecf7bdff48d28e9599debf4dff68f2a71d4069b6b445f25575c401901
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.


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 designed to run on Windows Vista.


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:6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
Product version:6.0.6000.16386
Size:9.5 KB (9,728 bytes)
Build date:11/2/2006 5:16 AM
Digital DNA
PE subsystem:Windows GUI
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
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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%
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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