What is Cfd.exe ? Is It a Safe File?

What is cfd.exe?

The cfd.exe process is associated with Broadjump software that is used by many Internet Service Providers to identify and troubleshoot connection problems.

File Information

By default, the cfd.exe file is located in the C:\Program Files\BroadJump\Client Foundation\ folder. The most common size of the cfd.exe file is 368,706 bytes. You may also find the file in the following sizes: 376,912, 483,394, 368,720, 21,504, 393,216, 389,120, 25,600 bytes.

You can find an entry related to this file in the registry in the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

By default, the cfd.exe process loads automatically when you start your system.

Can I remove the cfd.exe process from my startup sequence?

Yes, it is recommended that you remove the cfd.exe process from your startup programs. Cfd.exe is not an essential process and can be safely removed from your startup sequence. Also, at times the cfd.exe process may consume high system resources and cause your system to become painstakingly slow or freeze.

You may perform the following steps to remove this process from your startup sequence:

  1. Open the Start menu and select Run.
  2. In the Open box, type the msconfig command and press Enter.
  3. Next, in the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click the Startup tab.
  4. Here, go through the Startup Item list and clear the checkbox against CFD.
  5. Finally, click OK to save your changes.
  6. Restart your PC when prompted.

Is cfd.exe an adware/spyware?

There is no complete consensus that cfd.exe is a 100% safe file. Some computer experts hold the view that the cfd.exe process may also be related to an adware program. The fact that this process collects user information from host computers and is not clear what is exactly done with this information has fueled doubts about its credibility. However, until now there has been no record of association of this file with any malware program.

To be on the safe side, we recommend that if you find cfd.exe running on your computer that you check with your Internet Service Provider to make sure it was put there by your service provider to help identify and troubleshoot connection problems. If not, we recommend you immediately take actions to remove the process from your system.

Also, it is important for you to be aware of the processes that are running on your computer. Many malware programs give their files similar names as existing processes to avoid detection. For instance, a malware may have installed a harmful file on your PC by the name, cdf.exe, cdd.exe, or dcf.exe. To check the current processes running, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click the Processes tab in the Task Manager window that opens.

In case you find any dubious process, with a name similar to cdf.exe running on your computer or if the cdf.exe process was not installed by your IPS provider, we recommend you do not try to manually delete the unsolicited files. Instead, scan your PC with reliable antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to get rid of such harmful files.

Moreover, use a reliable registry tool, such as RegServe to scan and fix any registry issue that might be behind your PC problems.