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

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about kernel32.dll.

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Vendor and version information [?]

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 version5.1.2600.2180
File version5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)

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

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 version5.1.2600.2180
File version5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2..

Digital signatures [?]

kernel32.dll is not signed.

VirusTotal report

None of the 51 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the kernel32.dll file.

None of the 51 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:

Hashes [?]

PropertyValue
MD5888190e31455fad793312f8d087146eb
SHA2560a7841f14197177f69d120fe92c55cbb3506b73449e42198ab03432dcbe7f251

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User vote results: There were 6 votes to remove and 19 votes to keep

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