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What is ekrn.exe?

Part of ESET Smart Security by ESET

What is it?

ESET NOD32 Antivirus, commonly known as NOD32, is an antivirus software package from ESET. ESET's use of assembly language in its products contributes to their low system requirements and disk space utilization. ESET calls its scanning engine ThreatSense, and makes extensive use of generic signatures and heuristics.
Description of ekrn.exe from 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 0.2% of all Boost users have the ekrn.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of ekrn.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is ekrn.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.01251% CPU125088.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
89.81 MB RAM417.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          27 context switches/sec27.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\eset\eset nod32 antivirus\ekrn.exe

Are there other versions of ESET Smart Security?

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 Smart Security.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

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 Smart Security
Description: ESET Service
Version: 7.0.302.0
Size: 1.28 MB
Original file name: ekrn.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: ESET
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 6/12/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0316275172%
Privileged CPU: 0.0191186764%
User CPU: 0.01250884079472%
Privileged CPU time: 6589915.53 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 233,717,086
Context switches /sec: 27
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 222.57 MB
Peak committed memory: 276.11 MB
Paged memory: 89.81 MB
Peak paged memory: 144.65 MB
Paged system memory: 184.04 KB
Non-paged system memory: 27.12 KB
Working set memory: 92.89 MB
Peak working set memory: 145.28 MB
Min working set memory: 86.59 MB
Private memory: 89.81 MB
Page faults: 426,259
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 100,256
Total read transfer: 914.4 MB
Total write operations: 94,948
Total write transfer: 291.07 MB
Total other operations: 171,158
Total other transfer: 5.82 MB
Handle count average: 463
Thread count average: 31

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe"
"C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\x86\ekrn.exe"

Service details

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

Network connectivity

TCP: um04.eset.com on port 49225
UDP: LISTENING on port 49350

Image hashes

MD5: 4cb575d97653fa91ffb02da3105eb084
SHA-1: 6aed7f75c61750da9caa2d92087b3c3acc853926

PE image details

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