Did you ever experience the problem of slow system performance in the system of your PC or laptop during which the task manager had a process called ‘ctfmon.exe’ running in it? While facing this problem, you might be wondering what ctfmon.exe exactly is. You will also see it appearing and disappearing several times from the task manager. In some cases, ctfmon.exe doesn’t affect the performance of the system. However, most of the PC/laptop users experiencing it will obviously suspect it to be a virus or malware. The ctfmon.exe process doesn’t use too many resources. But if one doesn’t have any idea about it, he will get anxious about its occurrence. The ctfmon.exe file is actually related to the Collaborative Translation Framework loader a.k.a. ctf loader.
The ctf loader is a service that provides text support for speech recognition and handwriting. The ctfmon.exe file activates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor as well as Microsoft Office Language Bar. Thus, it’s a legitimate file that has to run for activating the mentioned requirements. But this file might be an underlying-issue if it uses many resources and appears several times in the task manager. However, the appearance of the ctfmon.exe file in the task manager is totally normal if the Windows Handwriting Mode is being used by you. This article will provide you with some solutions to help you in solving the ctfmon.exe file issue.
How to solve the CTF Loader issue
The following are the troubleshooting procedures for the ctf loader issue:
- After updating the Windows on your PC, if you experience the recurring appearance of a ctf loader error or decline in the system’s performance due to ctfmon.exe, you should try reverting to the old version of Windows to overcome the issue. To revert back to the old version, press the ‘Windows’ key and then select ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Update & Security’ and then, choose ‘Recovery’. Click on ‘Get started’ and go back to the old version of Windows 10.
- In order to search the legitimate executable file in the system, go to either C: -> Windows -> SysWOW64 or C: -> Windows -> System32, depending on whether the system has the 64-bit or 32-bit version. Hold the ‘Windows’ key and then, press E. Type ‘exe’ when the search bar appears and press ‘Enter’. When you will find the ctfmon.exe files, delete them all. You can also try searching for these files in other locations and if you find any, delete them as well.
In case the above-mentioned troubleshooting procedures don’t work for you, use the following solutions to solve the ctf loader issue.
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Solution 1. Disabling Handwriting Panel service and Touch Keyboard
Disabling both Handwriting panel service and Touch keyboard is the most common solution to solve the ctf loader issue. You should only disable it if you don’t require its service or it is utilizing plenty of resources in your system. The solution consists of the following steps:
- Hold the ‘Windows’ key and press R.
- Type services.msc. and then, press the ‘Enter’ key.
- Double click on the ‘Touch Keyboard and Handwriting panel’ service.
- Go to the ‘Startup Type’ section and select ‘Disable’ from the drop-down menu.
- Select ‘Ok’ after clicking on ‘Apply’.
After you complete these steps, the ctfmon.exe file won’t run in the task manager and use the system’s resources anymore.
Solution 2: Using Task Scheduler to solve CTF Loader
You can control the ctfmon.exe by using the Task Scheduler without the need to disable any service. While applying Solution 1, if you couldn’t disable a service or face any errors while following the steps, you should try this solution, i.e. Solution 2. This solution consists of the following steps:
- Hold the ‘Windows’ key and press R.
- Type taskschd.msc and then, press the ‘Enter’ key.
- Double click ‘Task Scheduler Library’ present in the left pane.
- Further, double click ‘Microsoft’ and then, double click ‘Windows’.
- Select ‘TextServicesFramework’ present in the left pane.
- Click on ‘MsCtfMonitor’ and then, select ‘Disable’.
After completing these steps, the ctf loader will disappear from the Task Manager.
Solution 3: Scanning the Computer
If your computer system starts lagging due to the ctf loader issue, you must scan your PC thoroughly. We recommend scanning your PC first before trying out the solutions given above. Performing a full system scan on your PC is advisable for being on the safe side. The full system scanning generally takes a few hours to complete. Download any antivirus and malware detecting software so that you can run a full system scan. If you don’t know of any genuine antivirus software, you can download the Malwarebytes software for Windows. After installing this software, run it for scanning your PC system. After the scan ends, your PC system will run like before.
You can go for any of the above-mentioned solutions to solve the ctfmon.exe file issue and stop the performance declination of your PC.