While checking my System Configuration Utility, startup tab, I ran across the item ctfmon. I did some checking and saw that it was part of Microsoft Office. But I also saw that it could be a virus/malware, depending on where it was located and that if it was in c:\windows\system32 folder, that was the MS Office item. So, for the heck of it, I decided to do a file/folder search to see where it might be on my drive. Well, not 1, but 4 items popped up. So, now I'm not sure what I have here or if any of the items might be a problem. One note, 3 of the items were named ctfmon, with no .exe suffix (same for the item in my startup tab). But one did have an .exe and it was not the system 32 item. So, below is the list of what the search turned up.
1) ctfmon c:\windows\system32 ctf loader application
2) ctfmon c:\windows\ERDNT\cache ctf loader application
3) ctfmon c:\windows\softwaredistribution\download\2d8 ctf loader application
And something that caught my eye and may or may not mean anything: the info for item 3), showed it to have a created date of April 7, 2011 and a modified date of Aug. 10, 2004. Looked out of sequence to me. Also, I was in the middle of running a pretty big issue on the 'post here for malware removal' forum on April 7.
I just wanted to see if any these items might actually be malware/spyware. Thanks.