- January 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm #28471
I have 2 New Computers, and I am getting an annoying POPUP Box, on Shutdown,relating to ctfmon.exe appearing,and delaying shut down time.I have Googled many fixes, and so far none have worked successfully. Some say you can shut it down permanently, through Microsoft Office,in Add and Remove,but I haven't got Microsoft Office,only Open Office.Any clues, how I can permanently disable ctfmon.exe, from reappearing all the time,on shut down? Thanks.January 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm #30834January 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm #30835
Yes on both Computers,dak.Only option it says is to end now.Didn't have this annoyance on earlier PC'sJanuary 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm #30836
Ctfmon.exe monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition and handwriting recognition, and some other specialist input functions.If you don't use these, then it is fine to disable it. Removing it is not a good idea as you may need it in the future.In XP, go to Control Panel(classic view) > Regional and Language Options > Languages Tab > Details Button > Advanced Tab > and ensure both boxes in that window are not checked.This should stop Ctfmon.exe from running. If you should require this file sometime, then Windows will prompt you. Otherwise, you should never see it again.This filename can be used by nasties too, as a disguise. I know of at least one keylogger that uses it. If thats the case, though, then it will not be in the System32 folder. (it cant be kept in there because you cant have the same file name twice in the same folder)The genuine one lives in the System32 folder, so if you find it someplace else, boot into safe mode, come back and delete it.Hope this helps 🙂January 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm #30837
Sorry,with my bad eyesight I just didn't see it.Have made the adjustments, to both Computers, and Tested them.No more ctfmon.exe.Both are shutting down now,in under 15 sec.Thanks, dak, for your help. 🙂January 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm #30838
You're welcome 🙂 I get a buzz out of successfully assisting people. Even when I dont know the answer, my additional skills help me to sort the wheat from the chaff in searching the web for a solution, though in this case I didn't need to.I think this is a good example of why its often better to just ask someone. The answer to any question, computer related or otherwise, is available on the net. The problem is not only finding it, but picking out the correct information from the mountains of misinformation.
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