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Program info

Estimated safety rating


ekrn.exe is a program which is most likely NOT a virus. So, if ekrn.exe is on your computer, it is most likely ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your PC is clean, it is still recommended to use 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 Smart Security\ekrn.exe

This application is normally found on disk in C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe.

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 fingerprint for this file is d36d79bbdc892f17ddd4677f3f170ff9.

Is running as a service


This program is a Windows service. This means it operates on your PC in background, usually without displaying anything to you. Most Windows services are legit programs, which provide useful functions to other applications or to Windows in general.

Accesses the internet


This application uses the net to communicate. Today this is ok. For example, most of the apps on your PC check for updates. For this, Internet communications are required.

Is a 64 bit executable file


This is a x64 executable. It uses the full capacity of modern computer processors.

File description

 ESET Service

The description written in the exe is ESET Service.

File version


File version extracted from the file 9.0.397.0 .



Company ESET.


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

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

Potentially dangerous functions


Some unusual functions of the Operating System have been used, such as functions for recording the keyboard. We recommend you to be very careful regarding this program.

Digitally signed


ekrn.exe has a digital signature. Today the large majority of legit software applications are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature attached to ekrn.exe checks out perfectly. This is very good.

Certifier name

 ESET, spol. s r.o.

Digitally signed by: 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.