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I seem to see "ctfmon.exe" in the running tasks of every Windows PC I've used. I've always called it "capture the flag monitor." What is it really used for, do I need it, and if not, can I safely remove it?

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+1 for "Capture The Flag!" Laughed loud enough that people wondered if I was off my rocker... – Avery Payne Jul 17 '09 at 5:46
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Frequently Asked Questions About ctfmon.exe

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.

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This site gives you processes information:

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