ekrn.exe is a application which is probably NOT a virus or malware. So, if ekrn.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your system is virus-free, it is still recommended to use a well-known antivirus with a good track record, in order to defend your PC against viruses and malware.
This application is usually found in C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe.
The MD5 checksum for this file is d543e7e8bcae3f5d256335eee809adf5.
This program is registered 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 ok programs, which perform useful features to other applications or to Windows in general.
This application uses the net to communicate. Today this is ok. For example, most of the programs on your computer check for updates. For this, Internet communications are required.
This executable runs as a 32-bit program. It does not exploit the entire set of features of modern computer chips. This is quite normal because the makers did not upgrade it to 64-bit code.
The description present in the exe is ESET Service.
File version stored as a property 4.0.314 .
Intellectual property rights notice Copyright (c) ESET 1992-2009. All rights reserved..
This app does NOT have visible windows. This is most likely a bad sign.
Some insecure features of Windows appear to be used, such as functions for tapping the keyboard. We advise you to read more about this program.
ekrn.exe has a digital signature. Nowadays most serious programs are digitally signed.
The digital signature attached to ekrn.exe is valid. This is very good.
Digitally signed by: ESET, spol. s r.o.
Certificate's issuer name: VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA
This application does NOT have a removal routine stored in registry.