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What is ekrn.exe?

Part of ESET Endpoint Security by ESET

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How does ekrn.exe run?

Service - ekrn.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'ekrn' (ESET Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. ESET Service runs as a standard Windows service loaded by the Windows Service Controller (services.exe).


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the ekrn.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of ekrn.exe users, 10.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is ekrn.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00013% CPU1280.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
91.55 MB RAM425.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          23 context switches/sec23.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\eset\eset endpoint antivirus\ekrn.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by ESET Endpoint Security.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)

About ESET

ESET is an IT security company headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia that was founded in 1992. ESET's first product was NOD, an antivirus software for computers More...
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File details

File name: ekrn.exe
Publisher: ESET (verified)
Name: ESET Endpoint Security
Description: ESET Service
Version: 5.0.2126.0
Size: 976.27 KB
Original file name: ekrn.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: ESET
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 6/5/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001648859%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000368865%
User CPU: 0.00012799934527%
Privileged CPU time: 267265.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 840,449,406
Context switches /sec: 23
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 199.02 MB
Peak committed memory: 337.34 MB
Paged memory: 91.55 MB
Peak paged memory: 169 MB
Paged system memory: 84.95 KB
Non-paged system memory: 14.5 KB
Working set memory: 84.95 MB
Peak working set memory: 159.93 MB
Min working set memory: 69.89 MB
Private memory: 91.55 MB
Page faults: 18,331,319
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 4,409,073
Total write operations: 137,815
Total write transfer: 1.05 GB
Total other operations: 9,360,276
Total other transfer: 177.76 MB
Handle count average: 430
Thread count average: 25
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Endpoint Antivirus\ekrn.exe"

Service details

Name: ESET Service
Service name: ekrn
Service type: Win32OwnProcess, InteractiveProcess
Description: “ESET Service”

Image hashes

MD5: 9f8dad98cd208b31f47d30b6cd9c0536
SHA-1: 629de6baa633e7269b4d68c9ef3ba3cb198c000b
SHA-256: 0b339162d894391bd7853dc20680c205180667415b2420faed13d85388937517

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 8.0
File packed: No
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