What is ctfmon.exe and how disable the service to stop it using the system resources.

If you have ever opened Task Manager you could have seen one of the process running all the time called cftmon.exe ,and even if you stop it or suspend the process it will get started again and again.

Even when you remove it from system startup by running msconfig command it will again kept running after the sytem restart.

What is actually ctfmon.exe ?

CTFMON.EXE is a file get installed with Office XP applications. It actually activates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor and the Language Bar. The program monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and other alternative user input technologies.

How you can disable it from runing permanently ?

But Why Disable it

First let me answer those who are asking why to diasble it…so for your information there are some viruses which normally infect windows xp system and run a process with the same name as cftmon.exe which is a Trojan which logs the key strokes and sends it to the hacker email address or system.

and if still this is not the case with you disabling this process will make your system more lighter and faster.

How to disable cftmon.exe ?

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Open Regional and Languages Settings.

3. Click on the Languages tab, then click on Details

4. Go to advanced tab and check the option which says “Turn off advanced text services” and Click Ok.

Comments

  1. Gregg E. says

    Checking that box doesn’t stop cftmon.exe from running. I just did a clean install of XP SP3 followed by Office 2003. cftmon.exe hangs during shutdown.

  2. SPITITUALAW says

    FIRST locate each of 4 instances of ctfmon.exe and rename by adding .stop or .old as extension,, before renaming the last stop the process in task manager, then quickly renaming the last and then overwrite(not delete) with a guttman batch file or something similar. I note this here for those users totally irritated at MS for not asking if we wanted this feature and have a tendency not to trust so blindly and believe all of what we are told!! I have never had office products and do not need alternative input.

  3. John says

    this article is incorrect. it is commonly mistaken for ctfmon.exe which deals with alternate user use and language. cftmon.exe is a virus. Jimmie is correct.

  4. Matt says

    Jimmy and John are wrong, ctfmon.exe is also a legitimate MS program, you can remove this program from stating by doing the above steps. Run “msconfig” from run bar and you will see that its there with evey fresh install of MSXP. Doing the above steps removes it from the startup list. If you are also runnign Spybot SD, you can see the actions. Obviously someone wrote the virus as most XP systems have cftmon.exe and people become used to it running in Task Manager

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