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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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CTFMON.exe

CTF Loader by Microsoft

Remove CTFMON.exe
Version:   5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
MD5:   daae1cb1b1875b760496e7d3336da1ad
SHA1:   27ae077066eaaa03ec36748276e1591ce642751b
SHA256:   ccfec57229efd6f8dc340451f0b9d0cd46b80ea5cc72172425bbb80ac9ed9626
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 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
More details

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:0.00032292%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00009349%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00022943%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:364,932 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
Context switches:4/sec
284/sec
Memory
Private memory:1.97 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):4.42 MB
Private (minimum):1.69 MB
Non-paged memory:1.97 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:35.3 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):38.45 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:1.76 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):4.43 MB
37.95 MB
Resource allocations
Threads:1
12
Handles:123
600
GUI GDI count:31
103
GUI USER count:16
49

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:Undefined
Platform:32-bit
Command lines:
  • ctfmon.exe
  • "C:\Windows\System32\ctfmon.exe"
  • ctfmon.exe -n
Owner:User
Parent process:explorer.exe (by Microsoft)

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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