Ekrn.exe High CPU Memory Usage

Ekrn.exe High Consumption of CPU Memory Usage

The ekrn.exe is a part of 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.

File Information

According to File.net, Ekrn.exe is a Verisign signed file where you can find 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.

Common Ekrn.exe Errors / Problems

One of the common complaints from Windows users is that ekrn.exe uses a lot of CPU resources when running. This seriously affects the performance and speed of your computer and severely limits the system’s functionality.

Since ekrn.exe is the central component for both the NOD32 antivirus and Smart Security suite, if you stop or disable ekrn.exe, the application will disconnect you from the Internet. Any malware that’s on the computer may cause damage to your PC. So below are few methods that you can use to prevent or solve such problems :

Method 1: Update your ESET Product

Always visit ESET official website to check out for the latest updates and release. Outdated version is a common cause of making your computer performance slower.

Method 2: Disable Real-Time File System Protection in NOD32

1. Open the NOD32 window.
2. Press F5.
3. Look for Real-Time File System Protection.
4. Under Scan on, clear the following checkboxes:

* File Open
* File Creation
* Diskette Access.

Method 3: Update Older Versions of Comodo Firewall

If you are using Comodo 3.014, you might face problems with your ESET software. To resolve any issues in this case, update your Comodo firewall to version 3.015. Although this issue is more common on Windows Vista computers, many computers have faced issues on Windows XP also.

Method 4: Change the UAC Configuration in Windows Vista

If you are running Windows Vista and have (Universal Access Control) UAC on, then do the following:

Assign Full Control to System and Administrators

Assign only Read and Execute, List folder contents and Read rights to other authenticated users.

Method 5: Ensure that ESET is Set to Start Automatically In Windows

1. Right-click on My Computer.
2. Go to Manage and then to Services.
3. Locate and double-click on ekrn.exe.
4. Ensure that the Startup type is set to Automatic-if not then change it to Automatic.

Worse Come To Worse: Change to another Antivirus software

If you are not satisfied with any of the solutions above, try changing to Kaspersky. It doesn’t affect your PC performance and it can do almost everything ESET does to your PC.

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