How to Remove Ekrn EXE

Written by jackson lewis
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The Ekrn.exe file is a legitimate program that is part of the ESET NOD32 antivirus software. It is a signed file---not a Windows system file---that sends data to and from the internet on behalf of the antivirus program. Some malware variants are known to disguise themselves as Ekrn.exe, and these pose a threat to your computer. If you start to notice a degradation in computer performance or a significant increase in spam, then a malware variant of the Ekrn.exe file could be to blame. Here's how to get rid of it.

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  1. 1

    Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key and "E" at the same time. The Windows key can be found between the Crtl and Alt keys on your keyboard.

  2. 2

    Go to "C:\Windows" and "C:\windows\system32folder," and delete all Ekrn.exe files.

  3. 3

    Run a complete virus scan by opening your antivirus program and selecting "Scan All Local Drives."

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    Select "Delete or Clean Infected Files," and reboot. The infected Ekrn.exe file should now be removed from the computer.

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