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#1 Spectacle

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 01:41 AM

Hi kiddos!

Having a shut down problem 'CTFMON.EXE is not responding'.

Did a search of my files & folders and found a few ctfmon.exe in lower case, but only one in caps:

CTFMON.EXE-OE17969B.PF C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

Did a Yahoo search and searched this forum for it and nothing. More to the story but for now, anybody recognize this file?

Thanks! :~ )
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:46 AM

you can read this article..
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282599

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:36 AM

Yes, thank you abauw, I had read that, also some other sites tell about ctfmon.exe removal. I'm concerned that this may not be the same file, because that and every other source mentions ctfmon.exe, not CTFMON.EXE.

If it's a legit file then I'm pretty sure when it got loaded. Otherwise I'm concerned about virus/malware worm/trojan. That's why I wondered if anybody knew the specific file I found under search, of: CTFMON.EXE-OE17969B.PF C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

I'm wondering if the OE in that file extension refers to Outlook Express, but I don't know what 'Prefetch' refers to unless it means to have it opened and available on an as needed basis.
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:13 AM

if you think its a virus/trojan or something you can send it to virustotal to check it...
but I think is same file if your understand prefech folder was...

almost forgot...
I believe all file name in you prefech folder was written in capital...

you cant read this article...
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...prefetch-folder

Edited by abauw, 21 July 2010 - 10:18 AM.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:36 AM

Sorry If My English Not Too Good...
Hope You Understand What I Say *_*

Frist, your English is excellent! There's an old joke about that:

"What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages?" Answer: Trilingual.

"What do you call a person who speaks 2 languages?" Answer: Bilingual.

"What do you call a person who can only speak one language?" Answer: American.

Thanks very much for the information, that tells me what I need to know! I now know where it came from and why it's there, and what to do about it.

Thanks!
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:39 AM

I wouldn't worry about difference in the capitalization (CTFMON.EXE vs. ctfmon.exe). In Unix and other OSes, case is important but not in Windows (or DOS).

Edited by strolln, 21 July 2010 - 11:44 AM.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:11 PM

Sorry If My English Not Too Good...
Hope You Understand What I Say *_*

Frist, your English is excellent! There's an old joke about that:

"What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages?" Answer: Trilingual.

"What do you call a person who speaks 2 languages?" Answer: Bilingual.

"What do you call a person who can only speak one language?" Answer: American.

Thanks very much for the information, that tells me what I need to know! I now know where it came from and why it's there, and what to do about it.

Thanks!


what are you say make me laugh...cant stop laugh :thumbsup:
honestly...I jut good in writing and not good at all in speaking...in writting I cant ask google to translate some words and in speaking I cant ask someone....
if you find file name in prefech folder which not written in capital...maybe a foul virus writer make it...
but lets forget that folder in search anything...because every program will be in prefech list...so lets forgot that folder and leave it there...

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#8 Spectacle

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:39 PM

Thanks again, guys!

I was amazed to find that so many of my European friends could speak 5, 6, 7 or even 8 languages!
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:49 PM

i'm Indonesian...not european...
but glad to hear your problem solved...

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