Bits from Bill: Mystery Filenames that Make No Sense

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By Bill Pytlovany

Mystery Filenames that Make No Sense

Have you ever notice a filename that is so bizarre you think it must be some kind of malware? Microsoft Windows has supported long filenames for years but most folks still haven’t caught on. Microsoft is especially guilty of using short useless filenames like lsass.exe, mdm.exe and the most infamous ctfmon.exe.

One of the features of WinPatrol PLUS is the ability to click on a filename and receive a human readable explanation. We try our best to let you know what a file does, if it’s safe and why you might need it. I keep track of all the requests to make sure I’ll can catch any new mystery files, good or bad.

I’ve taken a snapshot of all our PLUS Info from last month and thought I’d share some of the top requests with all my readers.

The number one mystery file that people want to know about continues to be “CTFMON.exe”. Here’s a little of what you’ll read in our PLUS database

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This post is excerpted with Bill P’s permission from his blog

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2 thoughts on “Bits from Bill: Mystery Filenames that Make No Sense

  1. The copy and paste below is what Alan was talking about. I got it too. What is the reason for this?

    The number one mystery file that people want to know about continues to be “CTFMON.exe”. Here’s a little of what you’ll read in our PLUS database

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