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.
Normally, this application is located in C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe.
The MD5 checksum for this program is 191d8eccc40f05b52fac0513f35ba01d.
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.
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.
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.
The description stored in the exe is ESET Service.
File version extracted from the file 188.8.131.52 .
Company name ESET.
Intellectual property rights notice Copyright (c) ESET 1992-2010. All rights reserved..
This task does NOT have visible windows. This is usually a bad sign.
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.
ekrn.exe is digitally signed. Today most virus-free software applications are digitally signed.
The digital signature attached to ekrn.exe is valid. This is excellent.
Digital certificate name: ESET, spol. s r.o.
Certificate's issuer name: VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2009-2 CA
This executable does NOT have an uninstall command set up in registry.