The genuine IKernel.exe file is a software component of InstallShield by Flexera Software.
The "Ikernel.exe" process is still used by InstallShield software as the engine that applies the developer's InstallScript instructions to perform software installations from single-file ".exe" packages. "Ikernel.exe" has often caused error messages that it will not launch when attempting to install a product with InstallShield. This is sometimes due to the IKernel.exe file remaining in memory a short time after a prior install; it may also be due to one or more of three core Windows ".TLB" files, (stdole32.tlb, stdole2.tlb, or stdole.tlb), being missing from "C:\Windows\System32." That was only mentioned for Windows XP and may not be true for Win7/8/8.1. Flexera Software is an American company headquartered in Chicago, IL, originally formed as Acresso in 2008 (and renamed to Flexera in 2009) when Macrovision, (now Rovi), sold its software division to an investment fund. It provides application producers and enterprises with tools to construct software installation packages and monitor software licensing compliance. It is still backed by private equity although the majority interest is now owned by a division of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.
IKernel stands for InstallShield® Setup Engine Kernel
The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the IKernel.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.
Description: IKernel.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The IKernel.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 614,532 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 610,436 bytes or 602,244 bytes.
The IKernel.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with IKernel. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the IKernel.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.
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