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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    This looks like being an SMBP-type post!

    OFFXP: What Is CTFMON and What Does It Do?
    OFF: How to Turn Off Machine Debug Manager, Mdm.exe

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Hi, John ~

    The first thing I suggested for the 'mdm.exe' was disable the script be###### in IE options and then run through all the HKLM & HKCU 'Run' to delete all the starters, only one of which existed. Also ran 'StartupList' to determine other hidden settings - nada. There are no Office suites/apps installed, yet upon reboot both 'ctfmon.exe' & 'mdm.exe' are again up and running. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by TimOz on 14-Aug-03 14:38. (Scrubbed redundant reference to startuplist))</P>There's a whole lot more info, and links that might help, if you follow the thread started by R2 at Startup Reprised - but not completed....
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    Tim

    What an absolutely fascinating thread! I just spent half an hour reading through one of the best exchanges I've ever seen!

    (But I'm not sure whether it will help Bruce, though -- he has an asterisk problem... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Hi, John & Tim ~

    Great article by R2 and input from Merijn - passed the 'StartupList' test. Never had a problem with stopping either of these executables before via conventional methods. This is a new media machine preconfigured from Compaq/HP.

    I don't know MDM to be a service - is it listed in 'services.msc' under another name?

    As mentioned above, we ran through all the HKLM & HKCU 'Run' entries, finding and deleting only one result. I will follow your suggestion and check HKU as well.

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Bruce

    I read through those two articles, and they seemed to give appropriate methods of terminating the offending programs.

    On investigation, I thind that:
    CTFMON.EXE is found in HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun and I think you say you took it out of there (maybe you also need to do this in HKEY_USERS also?)

    MDM is a service, so have you tried stopping it, and setting the startup type to Disabled?
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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Bruce

    I just did Start => Control Panel => Administrative Tools => Services and found "Machine Debug Manager". These are the items in the Registry key HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServices - I quite merrily delete unwanted ones from there via a BATch file!

    What's "Services.msc"?
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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Hi, John ~

    In XP Pro, 'Services.msc' entered into the 'Run' box brings up the Microsoft console for the system services. You can get there similarly the way you did, except it would be Start => Control Panel => Performance and Maintenance => Administrative Tools => Services.

    In our retail and OEM versions of XP Home or Pro, there seems to be no 'Machine Debug Manager' as indicated below - do you have it in there?

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    MDM seems to be related to Visual Studio - see screenshot.

    Added: This is on Windows XP Pro SP-1.

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Well, I have a standard "corporate" version of XP Pro SP1, but I don't have Visual Studio (whatever that is! At least not knowingly.)

    But I do have Machine Debug Manager as a service.

    I won't post my screen-shot since it is not dissimilar to Hans's!

    They are making everything into an MSC now, it seems...
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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Hi, Hans ~

    Now I am confused - there is no Machine Debug Manager and Visual Studio has never been installed (XP SP-1 Pro & Home).

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    Re: ctfmon/ mdm no more *'s

    Visual Studio is the suite of programming languages and supporting tools from Microsoft, such as Visual Basic, Visual C++ (or C#) etc.
    VBA in Microsoft Office 2000/2002 uses parts of Visual Studio 6, so it might well be that MDM is installed by Office.

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    * ctfmon/ mdm *

    Have a user who is attempting to stop 'ctfmon.exe' and mdm.exe' from starting/running with Windows. I have suggested a few remedies but they continue to start.

    Any ideas how to stop these from running once and for all?

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