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What is IKernel.exe?

IKernel.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if IKernel.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

IKernel.exe file information

The process known as InstallShield® Setup Engine or InstallShield® Engine belongs to software InstallShield by InstallShield Software (www.installshield.com).

Description: IKernel.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file IKernel.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 614,532 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 610,436 bytes or 598,016 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/ikernel.exe.html 
The IKernel.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify IKernel.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as IKernel.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the IKernel.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Install shield component
It is related to ATI's software
process that runs the installshield. needed run in order for during the installion of a program using installshield
It's the IntallShield engine
  Mohamed Benhacine  
The InstallShield Engine (IKernel.exe) could be installed
it was launched when installing an app. block internet acces not needed
for my sims game
I have tracked it and I've found it not on windows directories. Anyway I decided to delete to prevent. This process "IKernel.exe" have been launched when I installed CuteFTP. (Maybe Installshield original component). If Installshield stops working normal, I know why. (lol)
Its used to run the program which lets you install programs. Its safe.
used when install/uninstall EA games
it is part of ATI's driver install I found it on version 8-9_xp32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu_68898 of the ATI drivers and it tries to go to the internet all of the time so I shut it down with Zone Alarm
this is part of windows installer, it is used for installing windows updates
Install Shield Component
  Peer Plaut  
I think it's With ATI driver. when you connect to the internet. it'll start automaticaly. and to resolve somhow is unchecking "Allow Web content" im main menu of ATI menu.
Asus SixEngine Installation
Not related to any specific program or operating system. Engine behind anything Installshield installs on PC, which could be anything from games to drivers to viruses even. Developer's choice.
  Righton   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of IKernel.exe: based on 23 votes with 17 user comments.
12 users think IKernel.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 8 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade IKernel.exe ("not sure about it").

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