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#1 sherrylynne

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 10:13 PM

When I went to open my user account, it listed one program as running. After my desktop opened, I clicked ctrl/alt/delete, and ctfmon.exe was listed as running(top of the list). I googled ctfmon.exe, and it said this could either be left running after a microsoft office function was used, or could be a virus/trojan/spyware. I've not run any office programs I'm aware of in a while. Any ideas?

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 10:33 PM

What Does the Ctfmon.exe File Do?
Ctfmon.exe monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and other alternative user input technologies.

Frequently asked questions about Ctfmon.exe

If you don't use this service, then it's OK to stop it from running at Startup.

How to Disable:
See this MS Knowledge Base article:
Frequently asked questions about Ctfmon.exe

It will explain how to prevent Ctfmon.exe from running.
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#3 sherrylynne

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 10:37 PM

I do use powerpoint from time to time. Would it affect this?

Edited by sherrylynne, 29 October 2009 - 10:38 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:52 AM

I use Microsoft Office (including Powerpoint) all the time.

That file is in my Task Manager also and is set to load on startup.

Can't see the point of disabling it; if it was a virus/malware etc. it should be picked up by
all the scanners you are running.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 12:11 PM

"Ctfmon.exe monitors active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard translation, and other alternate user input forms."

If the above does not apply to you, why load it and have it consuming resources? You can always enable it if you need it.

Step 2 of the MS article is what I like to use. I have never had to do Step 1 or 3 with my XP Pro and Office 2007.

I like to have a completely empty Startup tab in my System Configuration Utility (msconfig).

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 09:22 AM

I have ctfmon.exe running and I don't have M/S Office or Power Point on my computer, but use to. Can I remove it.

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 09:38 AM

It's up to you - see Post #2 above.

Edited by petewills , 31 October 2009 - 09:39 AM.


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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:37 PM

So, after reading all this, and understanding 1/2 of it, I gather I shouldn't worry about this program running when I'm not on the computer :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:10 AM

For me, anything running on my system that I do not need is consuming CPU cycles and memory. There may be no noticeable difference with ctfmon on or off, but psychologically, if I can see it running and don't use it, is annoying.

From Wikipedia:

Ctfmon (ctfmon.exe) is a process used by Microsoft Office to activate the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP) and also the Microsoft Language Bar. Ctfmon is also a component of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Vista which enables advanced user input services in applications (pen and ink, speech etc).

In Windows XP, this component loads automatically if certain applications (including Microsoft Office) are installed, and runs as a background process even when not in use. If you do not use alternative input services or language/keyboard layouts, the component can be disabled as follows:

Click Start Menu > Run; type:

intl.cpl

Click OK.

Select the Languages tab and click Details; select the Advanced tab; check "Turn off advanced text services" and click OK.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:28 AM

You prefer Wikipedia over the official MS Articles - interesting.

In the past, I have disabled the program in msconfig and found
that it had turned itself on again, when I had been using
Microsoft Office.

According to the MS info in FAQs above, it uses little system resources
but, yes, it could be an annoyance to some. (not me).

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:40 PM

I go for the clearest explanation usually, but I have read them both and other articles.

If you disable it in msconfig or otherwise mess around with it using trial and error methods, you are likely to wind up with two entries in the msconfig Startup tab - one enabled and one not.

If you disable it properly, it will not come back again when your run Office programs - ever.

My msconfig Startup tab has been completely empty for a long, long time. :thumbsup:

Edited by joseibarra, 03 November 2009 - 12:09 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 07:11 AM

Jose

Thanks for that.

I only have a few programs loading, Windows Defender, Avast antivirus,
a small program monitoring my internet usage, (and ctfmon.exe).
I don't want to manually enable them all, every time I boot up.

To the matter in hand: (if she is still on board!)

sherrylynne wants to know if she should be concerned.

Perhaps you could confirm to her that if she chooses not to follow
your advice, the answer is that she should not worry.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 06:06 PM

Thank you petewillis! That's what I was trying to find out :thumbsup:




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