Users of Microsoft Office XP occasionally encounter errors with the CTF loader, and attempts to close the CTF loader's process in the Windows Task Manager results in the program relaunching itself automatically. The CTF loader, a program called "CTFmon.exe," is a component of Microsoft Office XP that loads alternative text input options and the Windows XP language bar to make typing and text input easier on those who normally have difficulties.
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Alternative Input Types
The alternative input types enabled by the CTF loader include speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard alternatives and the Windows XP language bar. The CTF loader monitors active windows and takes the appropriate actions within the windows if it detects an alternative input.
The CTF loader is only necessary if you plan on using the alternative input types it supports. Standard users who only use mouse, keyboard and game pad inputs often have no need for the inputs offered by the CTF loader; the service is running on their computers but is rarely if ever used. Though the CTF loader isn't a memory- or processor-intensive service, having it activated could reduce the available resources for those with slow processors or small amounts of available computer memory.
Disabling the CTF Loader
If you don't use the alternative input options and language bar provided by the CTF loader you can remove it from your computer to prevent it from launching at start-up. Choose the "Uninstall a Program" or "Add/Remove Programs" option in the Windows Control Panel, then select the entry for your installed copy of Microsoft Office XP. When the Office XP maintenance program launches, expand the "Office Shared Features" listing and set "Alternative User Input" to "Not Available." Click the "Update" button, then wait while the CTF loader and its related input programs are removed.
A Trojan virus known as "FakeRecycled" disguises itself as "ctfmon.exe," fooling users into thinking it is the CTF monitoring program to avoid removal. If "ctfmon.exe" is running from a folder that is named "Recycled" instead of the "System32" subfolder of the "Windows" directory, it is not the real CTF loader. This is a known virus by most antivirus programs and should be removed upon completing a full system scan with the antivirus installed on your computer.
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