What is ctfmon.exe?

Windows Process Description:
The file ctfmon.exe is an application registered to the Microsoft Corporation for Microsoft Windows Operating System. The process ctfmon.exe is defined as the program CTF Loader.

The file ctmon.exe is also associated to the Microsoft Office Language Bar. The ctfmon.exe process intializes the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP). The ctfmon.exe process monitors active windows and supplies text input service support for vatious functiouns such as speech and handwriting recognition, keyboard translation and other alternative technologies that requires the user’s input.

The ctfmon.exe process is a valid application that is located in the System32 folder of the system and is sometimes in the subfolder of C:\ Windows. The ctfmon.exe has known file sizes ranging from 13,312 bytes to 192,992 bytes. The most common occurrence of ctfmon.exe in Windows XP utilizes 15,360 bytes which is 88% of its total occurrence. The ctfmon.exe is a fundamental system file for Windows. It is signed to Microsoft and can be added to the Windows boot process by adding the registry entries: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ User Shell, Folders HKEY_USERS\ .DEFAULT\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ RunOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ RunOnce.

Removing the ctfmon.exe file might adversely affect the behavior of your system in Microsoft Office XP programs, thus editing or deleting the ctfmon.exe file in your system is not recommended.

The ctfmon.exe program is a system component of the Microsoft Windows Operating System that cannot cannot be uninstalled, unlike other Alternativ User Input features. Removing it from the Windows Startup in the MSConfig does not terminate the ctfmon.exe process.

The process ctfmon.exe uses minimal amount of resources if Advanced Text Services are not running. Examples of these Advanced Text Services are speech recognition, handwriting recognition, and Input Method Editors. These services are being controlled by the ctfmon.exe application through a Text Input Processor.

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Microsoft Office Suite

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Low. The ctfmon.exe uses 15360 bytes worth of RAM resources.

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