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What does the CTEaxSpl.EXE file do?

The CTEaxSpl.EXE process is also known as Startup Splash or, as the case may be, Eax Splash and is a part of CTEaxSpl. This software is produced by Creative Technology (www.creative.com). An obsolete or defective version of CTEaxSpl.EXE can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about CTEaxSpl.EXE Startup Splash

CTEaxSpl.EXE is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. CTEaxSpl.EXE is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mainly C:\Program Files\Creative\Splash Screen\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 28,672 bytes (70% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 49,152 bytes.
The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, RunOnce). The CTEaxSpl file is not part of the Windows operating system. CTEaxSpl.EXE appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 24% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves CTEaxSpl.EXE. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about CTEaxSpl?

Its a soundblaster audigy file.
NbK
not dangerous, but would it be ok to disable this spalsh screen or will that make my soundcard fail?
It's simply the audigy splash screen that shows when you start your computer.
jbrisson - Opensource Computing LLC.
soundblaster audigy file, seems ok to disable without upsetting the soundcard
gemz
It's just a routine to show the Creative EAX logo and sound on bootup. Can be disabled easily through the included Creative Labs program group (at least, on my Extigy).
Krul
It's what it is people, "Start up splash!".. Meaning: Just a short movie to show you that "creative software has been added to your system for your speakers and new surround system you got threw adding your self... If you don't like the splash film, then simply turn it off in "options" by looking up "Creative" in your all programs files.. But far as removing it, do so by removing the file by hand if you must a look it up - you don't want to remove what you just added for your system to run.. I run Extigy threw USB, and this is simply the start up splash film to show you it's installed .. (further information...)
Rico S Suav'e

Summary: 6 users judge CTEaxSpl.EXE to be an essential file that should not be touched. For this reason, one user has already deleted CTEaxSpl.EXE. source: file.net

How to uninstall CTEaxSpl

CTEaxSpl.EXE Startup Splash fix

To remove Startup Splash from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for CTEaxSpl in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if CTEaxSpl.EXE (Startup Splash) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Startup Splash. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Startup Splash or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or CTEaxSpl.EXE is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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