What does the cthelper.exe file do?
The cthelper.exe process is also known as CtHelper Application or, as the case may be, CtHelper MFC Application and is a part of CtHelper Application. This software is produced by Creative Technology (www.creative.com). An obsolete or defective version of cthelper.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- CtHelper Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- CtHelper Application has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- cthelper.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module cthelper.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about cthelper.exe CtHelper Application
cthelper.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Cthelper.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 24,576 bytes (37% of all these files), 19,456 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This cthelper.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This cthelper.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. Cthelper.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 54% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A cthelper.exe file has a 59% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 17,920 bytes (62% of all these files), 16,384 bytes, 16,896 bytes, 14,848 bytes or, as the case may be, 24,064 bytes. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. This cthelper.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). Cthelper.exe is capable of track other applications.
- A cthelper.exe file has a 74% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the "C:\Program Files" directory. In this case, the file size is usually 12,288 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. This cthelper program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The application can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. Cthelper.exe is no part of Microsoft Windows.
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 cthelper.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 cthelper?
|should be some stuff the soundblaster needs |
|Background task that works as a plug-in manager for Creative drivers. It helps the third party manufacturers to produce drivers, add-on features, and fixes that will integrate with a tighter fit with Creative sound drivers and utilities. |
|Hogging up my CPU last night. Very Annoying. Couldn't use my machine. Windows XP Professional. (further information...) |
Summary: 77 users judge cthelper.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 15 users consider it harmless. However, 13 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 23 users have already deleted cthelper.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall CtHelper Application
To remove CtHelper Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for CtHelper Application in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if cthelper.exe (CtHelper Application) 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 CtHelper Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CtHelper Application 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 cthelper.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.