What is ekrn.exe?

ekrn.exe is part of ESET Smart Security and developed by ESET according to the ekrn.exe version information.

ekrn.exe's description is "ESET Service"

ekrn.exe is digitally signed by ESET, spol. s r.o..

ekrn.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about ekrn.exe.

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Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on ekrn.exe:

Product nameESET Smart Security
Company nameESET
File descriptionESET Service
Internal nameekrn.exe
Original filenameekrn.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright (c) ESET 1992-2009. All rights reserved.
Legal trademarkNOD, NOD32, AMON, ESET are registered trademarks of ESET.
Product version4.0.437.0
File version4.0.437.0

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameESET Smart Security
Company nameESET
File descriptionESET Service
Internal nameekrn.exe
Original filenameekrn.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright (c) ESET 1992-2009. All ri..
Legal trademarkNOD, NOD32, AMON, ESET are registere..
Product version4.0.437.0
File version4.0.437.0

Digital signatures [?]

ekrn.exe has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameESET, spol. s r.o.
Certificate issuer nameVeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA
Certificate serial number2b22252b478a1a91a8bc2b8b7f2d96ea

VirusTotal report

None of the 51 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the ekrn.exe file.

None of the 51 anti-virus programs detected the ekrn.exe file.

Folder name variants

ekrn.exe may also be located in other folders than C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\. The most common variants are listed below:

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to ekrn.exe:

ekrn.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

ekrn.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

ESET Service has stopped working.

End Program - ekrn.exe. This program is not responding.

ekrn.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

ekrn.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

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User vote results: There were 33 votes to remove and 5 votes to keep

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Malware or legitimate?

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