What is CTHELPER.EXE? Should I remove it?

CTHELPER.EXE file is a legitimate executable file, which can be found in Windows systems. This file is not a core Windows file, but we don't recommend terminating it because it is a part of a process that provides tasks between installed software and sound card from Creative Labs. In other words, CTHELPER.EXE 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. In most of the cases, CTHELPER.EXE works in the C:\Windows folder and takes about 23,100 – 29,520 bytes of disc space.


In order to hide their own viruses, hackers are naming their processes the same as a legitimate Windows files. So, although cthelper.exe is a genuine process, its name can also be used for hiding serious threat, such as trojan, worm or rootkit. If you want to check the trustworthiness of this process and make sure that it's not a virus, you should check where cthelper.exe file is running. In this particular case, cthelper.exe usually runs in C:\Windows folder, therefore, you should check if this process isn't operating anywhere else. The easiest way to do that is to check the system with RegCure Pro.

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If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.
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