Microsoft Office, Encarta and some other programs load ctfmon.exe on startup and it always runs in the background and at times uses considerable resources. Microsoft has an application note on how to get rid of this file and it includes changes to Office, then going into the control panel and selecting Region and Language Options and making changes there and finally uninstalling a couple of signals from the registry. The link to the MS application note is:
Frequently asked questions about Ctfmon.exe
There is a much simpler way to get rid of this (you canâ€™t just remove it from the startup without problems):
Go to Control Panel, â€œRegion and Language Optionsâ€, select â€œLanguagesâ€, â€œDetailsâ€, â€œAdvancedâ€ tab and check the box next to â€œTurn off advanced text services.â€ That will remove ctfmon from startup. BTW after you select â€œDetailsâ€ if you select â€œLanguage Barâ€ you can permanently get rid of that annoying Language Bar toolbar. Of course if you use the functions supported by the Language Bar and ctfmon then you are stuck with it running in the background.