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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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cc666
OK. LISTEN UP. (I\'m not 10, but usage of caps lock seems to be apropriate with some of the thickheads here) EKRN.EXE IS THE NOD32 SCAN PROCESS. IT WILL TAKE UP A LOT OF RESSOURCES SO THAT IT CAN MORE QUICKLY SCAN FILES. IT LOCKS FF/IE UP BECAUSE - SURPRISE! IT\'S SCANNING YOUR DOWNLOADED FILES. Christ...
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CyberJim
I did this to fix the ekrn.exe problem It might help trying this: 1. Open ESET Window 2. Choose Display:Advanced Mode 3. Click on Setup and then on Enter entire advanced setup tree 4. Expand Antivirus and Antispyware 5. Click on Real-time file system protection setup 6. If Advanced heuristics is selected , unselected it and click OK.
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Virtual Nobody
Be honest about it. A recent update has caused ekrn to hog resources compared to the 2.7 versions. NOD is still hands down the best choice but buying a new computer isn\'t the issue. This program is getting bloated.
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L-R
Takes up to 50% off my CPU when compiling code.
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Zachari
Its good it just eats up RAM and makes everything go so SLOW!
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A Dark Germ
Downloaded the x64 version for XP PRO 64, still runs as a 32 bit app, how strange!
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john
all i can say is that its a nice programme not intrusive, scans files fast and catches virus other programmes dont, for me thats all i need it for, if it does take the cpu a lil bit high for some people id think its a small price to pay for safe peace of mind im happy with it , id recomend it to anyone
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DaveOfSQL
ekrn currently taking 11MB on my PC. I have had exactly ZERO malware problems since switching to NOD over 5 years ago.
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stoka
Athlon 3200+, 1 GB ram, usses 30k of memory not bad even less than Firefox cpu usage at 0-2% while doing nothing! i say very nice!
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Baron of Knowledge ?
I like it. When doing a system scan it does utilize some resources. When just watching it is the lightest. It gets the job done. Why would anyone in their right mind still buy Norton?
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torino
I recently had a nasty Trojan.Vundo virus: no \"C:\" drive was visible, some settings were missing from the task bar, \"ANTI-VIRUS\" appeared near clock, pop ups, slow machine, etc. NOD32 didn\'t catch this scumware / virus. \"Spyware Doctor\" was a loser too (and am getting my delayed $$ back--1 month wait). Malwarebytes\' Anti-Malware cut right through it. From this experience, I\'m disappointed in NOD32, but I guess it\'s better than most. It caught 2 dormant Trojans that I had on my files from 4 years back that McAfee didn\'t catch. Norton: been there, done that, and never again. BTW: NOD32 consumes only about 30 MB of RAM even when I have the protection maxed out.
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some random
sometimes its a little hoggy but most of the time I never notice it. running amd chipset with 4 gig of ram.
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Son of Sam
It lags the PC less if you don\'t waste your time using IE. I\'ve never had ekrn use more than 12% since the latest patch unless I\'m running IE.
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kron
lol the computer is not lagged with compressed archives, only scan it searching virus.
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أحمد
It use 70% of my CPU !  More information
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Mephistopheles
I have had only one problem with ESET NOD32 3.0. I recently accidentally downloaded a file I thought could had been a malware/trojan. I scanned it with ESET, and ESET found no problems with it at all. Since I had not had any problems with ESET before, and it had been running great and fixed a lot of problems, I trusted it. So anyway, I ran the file. Nothing happened. I immediately said, \"Oh, shit.\" ESET then finally recognized that it was a malware file, and I removed it. I did a full system scan with ESET, and it found a few things wrong but was not able to fix it.. Well, I eventually had to run SpyBot Search & Destroy as well as Malwarebytes\' Anti-Maleware to help clean everything up. I was a bit disappointed in ESET for not fixing this problem, but it did help out a little in the end. Other than that, ESET NOD32\'s current version is running completely fine on my computer. I had tried several big brand name anti-virus software, and none of them have competed with this. My computer runs so much faster now with this anti-virus, and it only takes up about 30mb, which is wonderful. I pretty much have all the settings for scanning and checking turned on, and I still have no problem with it taking up memory. I currently use Firefox 3.0, and I have not had any other problem than the one listed above. I feel like my computer is finally safe now. I recommend this product to anyone looking for a great anti-virus. :)
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SWR
good program but the ekrn.exe uses allot of CPU when closing down a game.
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not you
Sitting on 50% cpu usage...
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jeff
Excellent antivirus protection. sometimes it lags up my p4 2.0 on startup, but usually it is updating its signature or checking (another...arrghhh)windoze kb update. people: you cannot have a super fast running, non computer checking antivirus program!period! sometimes it has to check!
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JMC17
Yep, i bought NOD32, it is definitly the best anti-virus currently available. Not because it does search and destroy almost any threat, but because it is the Anti-Virus with the least CPU usage on the current market. This ESET Anti-Virus is light and efficient, simply the best.  More information
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