Still having trouble accessing some of the websites you'd like to be able to reach.
This a terribly "off beat" suggestion, but has been sited as a possible cause.
What Does the Ctfmon.exe File Do?
Ctfmon.exe activates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP) and the Microsoft Office Language Bar.
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.
Lots of folk have been complaining about "unexplained problems" with browsing, application slow downs, and crashes....... especially since Internet Explorer 7.0 has been getting pushed via MS AutoUpdates.
Very few people ever use "alternative user input technologies", yet ctfmon.exe keeps appearing in XP startup lists even though the owner/user didn't intend to install it.
Ctfmon.exe is a resource hog and that seems to be a good enough reason to take action with this unused process.
You can try to "disable" ctfmon.exe in MSCONFIG, but it will always come back!
Here's how to Turn it Off:
To stop ctfmon from autostarting and running all the time:
Control Panel - Regional and Language Options - Languages - Details - Advanced
Place a checkmark/tick
in the box that says "Turn off advanced text services
If you ever want to have "alternative user imput techologies" active again.....
it can be easily reversed by simply unchecking the same box.
Please let us know it this "safe" procedure makes any difference for you in your specific problem situation.
Edit: There is a more thorough explanation of uninstalling the associated "alternative user input technologies" as well as the instructions for disabling ctfmon.exe at a MS site:
Edited by dough, 10 January 2007 - 04:26 AM.