What is Kernel32.exe?

The genuine Kernel32.exe file is a software component of Floodnet Virus.
The file "Kernel32.exe" is a virus known as the Floodnet Virus. It secrectly sends files to all the people in your Outlook Express contacts. This file shold not be confused with the kernel32.dll file, which is the official file in Microsoft Operating Systems.

Kernel32 stands for Kernel 32-bit

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 Kernel32.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.

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Kernel32.exe file information

The process known as C: Documents and Settings nathu Desktop sdfiouyxcovuyodsiuyfoiuyaoiusdyfoiuasdf.exe or C: Documents and Settings nathu Desktop Avira Premium Security Suite.exe belongs to software kernel32 by unknown.

Description: Kernel32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Kernel32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 886,317 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 139,776 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The Kernel32.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name Kernel32.exe, for example MSIL:Crypt-BI (detected by Avast), and Artemis!98530D4D6D8B (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the Kernel32.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

Its a trojan that attack sits or leave open ports IT installs in windows\system32 REMOVE FROM THERE and go to task manger and end prosess
  5C4N   (further information)
seems to be tied to a Mirc
Contains the most essential functions exposed to user mode applications by the windows kernel. It should be in C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWow64. It shouldn't be anywhere else.

Summary: Average user rating of Kernel32.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Kernel32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think Kernel32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Kernel32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Kernel32. 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 Kernel32.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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