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The ekrn.exe is not a Windows system file, but is a process which belongs to the software ESET NOD32 Antivirus and the ESET Smart Security Suite Kernel Service. It runs as a service and is the central component for both the NOD32 antivirus and Smart Security suite. Whenever you open, save, update or download a file, Ekrn.exe will help you to scan those files. It locates in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The most common size of the file on Windows XP is 224 bytes. You may also find it in 472,320 and 455,936 bytes.

Recommendation:

ekrn.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly. It is highly recommended that the ekrn.exe file shouldn't be stopped. It is required for essential applications to work smoothly.

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I.T.-HEAD
ESET NOD 32 version 3 have some unresolve issues specially on network invronment. Ekrn.exe does eat up RAM on startup.I solve all my problems by rolling back to v. 2.7. Very good in protecting pcs and network above kaspersky and AVG. Norton is garbage.
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eMu
RONNIE STFU I JUST UPGARDED COMP AND GOT EST NOD 32 AND MAKES MY COMP SHT SLOW!
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Ton
NOD 32 is a perfect anti virus program. The Ekrn.exe problem however is troublesome. It asks for 63% of my CPU.
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Burt
Had the same problem with ESET but an upgrade fix that. One of the fastest and smallest footprint AVs on the market.
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John Apedloorn holland
Hello Your problem maybe ekrn.exe in your firewall off eset. I had v [off] hitmanpro when i v[on] i had no problems more. i think eset use hitmsan pro in there software i hope it is off use for your problem
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Seven
takes up 100000 on mine, 95%, can't end process, hate it
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nabar
cannot delete ekrn.exe file access denied
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zarfai
This Ekrn.exe thing is crazy it sucks up every cpu recource faster then a slag behind a station you have to pay for sucking. Other then that it might be a good anti virus...didnt pick up some trojans though i still prefer kaspersky anti virus and going to try out some anti malware things i read from the other comments... Uninstalling nod32 right now ..
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Wayne King
This is NOD32 Antivirus/ESET Smart Security. It is the BEST (currently) antivirus and security suite available  More information
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skooba
I have the same issue that few of the ppl above. It doesn't take much RAM but for me it takes 25%of the CPU usage. RAM 70kk out of 3gigs is next to nothing, but to kill the 25% of my 4cores is a bit too much ;/ I need to check it up - I used to love my nod32 and I hope I will remain its good friend on but first I need to reinstall my system and try to give it a go on a fresh one. I cannot sacrifice this much of a processor power to be safe.
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Rimad
I was also suprised with this file. It took me 40% of my CPU (core 2 duo 2.0 ghz 2MB L2 cache) and I have 4 GB of RAM. But I saw the advice of CyberJim (thanks for this) on this page and now it consumes 0%.
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Rashid
Its a Nod32 Antivirus IE monitoring file. Responsible for saving your computer from online access by mallacious softwares. It works perfrectly on: Pentium 4 or Above with minimum of 1gb Ram . in rare cases it works with 512mb as well. if you have a better processor than that then you wouldn`t even feel the disk usage and PC will be very smooth !
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Marco A. Nuñez
Es un archivo de NOD32 antivirus y es findamental para que ande. No debe ser terminado
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Alex
i used all sort of antiviruses and i came to this conlusion: nod 32 is very easy to use and it dosen`t use much memory accept at startup but then i give it an end procces and everything comes back to norrmal in a sec. i had the problem whith xp virus and othe malware but i use counter spy in paralel whith nod32 and i have absolutely no problem with any sort of viruses since then. it runs perfectly in this combination
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Roaa
same here it takes today 1.4 g of my ram btw i didt shutdown my computer since 2 days and i get ekrn 1.4 G O_o after i uninstall Node 2 i got normal PC ( sorry my English not good )
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mie
ekrn just eat up lot of cpu ram whhile scanning in progress,but if it not,it will never eat up ur ram..so its ok,even most of av while take more ram while scanning
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Goanna
Good antivirus. I run Nod32 and find it's great and non intrusive on resources. It updates regularly and I have had no probs with resources being drained.
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MirMir
Best AV is Dr.Web - Russian product. Low CPU & RAM usage. Big virus bases. Free version - scanner Dr.Web CureIt!® Utility _http://_www.freedrweb.com/cureit/?lng=en P.S. NOD32 or ESS - not good. Checked.
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Raiden
ekrn.exe takes 40-50 mb memory and disconnects IE, Firefox and Opera with Internet.
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robocop
It doesn\'t go higher than 40,000K on mine. but i\'m pretty sure the \"real-time protection\" it has makes my internet lag
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