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Process name: ESET Service
Application using this process: Eset Smart Security
Recommended: Scan your system for invalid registry entries.
What is ekrn.exe doing on my computer?
ekrn.exe is a process associated with Eset Smart Security from Eset.
The ekrn.exe process belongs to the ESET NOD32 Antivirus and the ESET Smart Security Suite Kernel Service. The process runs as a service and is the central component for both the NOD32 antivirus and Smart Security suite. Ekrn.exe scans files that you open, save, update or download in real-time.
A Verisign signed file, you can find ekrn.exe within the C:\Program Files folder. 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.
Non-system processes like ekrn.exe originate from software you installed on your system. Since most applications store data in your system's registry, it is likely that over time your registry suffers fragmentation and accumulates invalid entries which can affect your PC's performance. It is recommended that you check your registry to identify slowdown issues.