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Program info

Estimated safety rating


ekrn.exe is a application which is most likely NOT a virus. So, if ekrn.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is most likely ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your PC is clean, we still advise you to run a well-known antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to yourself your PC against viruses and malware.

Executable file path

 C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe

Normally, this application is located in C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe.

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 checksum for this program is 191d8eccc40f05b52fac0513f35ba01d.

Is running as a service


This program is set up as a Windows service. This means it operates on your system in background, usually without showing any user interface to you. Most Windows services are legit programs, which provide useful functions to other applications or to the Windows Operating System.

Accesses the internet


This program uses the net to communicate. In this day and age this is expected from a program. For example, most of the apps on your computer check for new updates. For this, Internet communications are necessary.

Is a 32 bit executable file


This application runs in 32-bit mode. It can not benefit of the full set of features of nowadays' PC processors. This ordinarily happens because the publishers did not upgrade it to use the x64 instruction set.

File description

 ESET Service

The description stored in the exe is ESET Service.

File version

File version extracted from the file .



Company name ESET.


 Copyright (c) ESET 1992-2010. All rights reserved.

Intellectual property rights notice Copyright (c) ESET 1992-2010. All rights reserved..

Has valid windows


This task does NOT have visible windows. This is usually a bad sign.

Potentially dangerous functions


Some insecure functions of the Operating System have been used, such as functions for recording the keyboard. We recommend you to read more about this program.

Digitally signed


ekrn.exe is digitally signed. Today most virus-free software applications are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature attached to ekrn.exe is valid. This is excellent.

Certifier name

 ESET, spol. s r.o.

Digital certificate name: ESET, spol. s r.o.

Issuer name

 VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2009-2 CA

Certificate's issuer name: VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2009-2 CA

Can be uninstalled


This executable does NOT have an uninstall command set up in registry.