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Program info

Estimated safety rating


ekrn.exe is a application which is probably NOT a virus. So, if ekrn.exe is on your computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your system is clean, it is still recommended to purchase a well-known antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to yourself your system against viruses and malware.

Executable file path

 C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe

The default name and path where this application is stored is
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe.

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 fingerprint for this program is de4a40c474100b5a03242d3de52209e9.

Is running as a service


This program is set up as a Windows service. This means it runs 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 Windows in general.

Accesses the internet


This executable uses the net to communicate. In this day and age this is expected from a program. For example, most of the programs on your PC check for new updates. In order to do this, Internet communications are required.

Is a 32 bit executable file


This app runs in 32-bit mode. It can not use the entire power of modern computer chips. This ordinarily happens because the authors did not bother to upgrade it to 64-bit code.

File description

 ESET Service

The description extracted from the file is ESET Service.

File version


File version 9.0.397.1 .



Producer ESET.


 Copyright (c) ESET, spol. s r.o. 1992-2016. All rights reserved.

Legal copyright notice Copyright (c) ESET, spol. s r.o. 1992-2016. All rights reserved..

Potentially dangerous functions


Some dangerous functions of the Operating System appear to be used, such as functions for recording the keyboard. We recommend you to perform more in-depth research about this program.

Digitally signed


ekrn.exe has a digital signature. Nowadays most serious programs are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature found in ekrn.exe checks out perfectly. This is most likely a clean, ok program.

Certifier name

 ESET, spol. s r.o.

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

Issuer name

 VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA

Certificate's issuer name: VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA

Can be uninstalled


It has an uninstall routine, which is good. si are uninstall.