What is nod32krn.exe?

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 nod32krn.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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Nod32krn.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with nod32krn
Nod32krn.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NOD32 Kernel Service belongs to software NOD32 Antivirus System or NOD32 antivirus system by Eset (

Description: Nod32krn.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file nod32krn.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (e.g. C:\Program Files\Eset\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 552,064 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 507,904 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The nod32krn.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Nod32krn.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of NOD32 antivirus system (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), ask Customer Support to assist you or look for a new, improved version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as nod32krn.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example WORM_SPYBOT.BMC or WORM_AUTORUN.FHH (detected by TrendMicro), and Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.gen or Worm:Win32/Autorun.RR (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the nod32krn.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

a running application in task mnger even if i unistalled nod32 a long time ago...
it is part of NOD32 Fix!
Its a Anti Virus kernel and its perfectly safe. Just scans for viruses in the background and you will see the NOD32 icon next to your clock if its installed correctly.
Best antivirus prog I have ever used. I have installed this on systems previously running either McAffee or Norton and it found 2-3 viruses never found anything on a system running AVG though!!
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We sell this program. Best AV Around :). NOD32.
Progress always running and I can't stop it, it's called nod32krn
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Summary: Average user rating of nod32krn.exe: based on 51 votes with 9 reviews. 44 users think nod32krn.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think nod32krn.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving nod32krn issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with nod32krn. 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 nod32krn.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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