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What is kernel32.dll?

kernel32.dll is part of Microsoft® Windows® Operating System and developed by Microsoft Corporation according to the kernel32.dll version information.

kernel32.dll's description is "Windows NT BASE API Client DLL"

kernel32.dll is digitally signed by Microsoft Windows Component Publisher.

kernel32.dll is usually located in the 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\' folder.

Some of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal detected kernel32.dll.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

Product nameMicrosoft® Windows® Operating System
Company nameMicrosoft Corporation
File descriptionWindows NT BASE API Client DLL
Internal namekernel32
Original filenamekernel32
Legal copyright© Microsoft Corporation. All rights..
Product version5.1.2600.5512
File version5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)

The following is the available information on kernel32.dll:

PropertyValue
Product nameMicrosoft® Windows® Operating System
Company nameMicrosoft Corporation
File descriptionWindows NT BASE API Client DLL
Internal namekernel32
Original filenamekernel32
Legal copyright© Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Product version5.1.2600.5512
File version5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)

Digital signatures [?]

This file has a valid digital signature.

PropertyValue
Signer nameMicrosoft Windows Component Publisher
Certificate issuer nameMicrosoft Windows Verification Intermediate PCA
Certificate serial number6102307e000000000006

VirusTotal report

1 of the 50 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the kernel32.dll file. That's a 2% detection rate.

ScannerDetection Name
McAfee-GW-Edition Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious-BAY.K
1 of the 50 anti-virus programs detected the kernel32.dll file.

Filename variants

kernel32.dll may also use other filenames. The most common variants are listed below:

Folder name variants

kernel32.dll may also be located in other folders than C:\WINDOWS\system32\. The most common variants are listed below:

Other files also named kernel32.dll

kernel32.dll (25 votes)

Hashes [?]

PropertyValue
MD5c24b983d211c34da8fcc1ac38477971d
SHA256f4ce4ae026c4da40619ec7a846eb65747d84c5ed88a77c425f545fffd53f1973

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What did other users do?

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User vote results: There were 9 votes to remove and 11 votes to keep

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Comments

Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

Roger Karlsson writes

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This is a legitimate file from Microsoft.

# 24 Mar 2009, 3:35

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