ekrn.exe 50% cpu utilization constantly

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  1. lemmingman

    lemmingman Registered Member

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    I am an Eset newbie. I've been looking around for a new personal security suite and ESS came highly recommended. I uninstalled Trend Micro and installed ESS 4.0.437. The computer is a new lenovo T500, 32-bit XP SP3 with max RAM.

    After updating the DB I rebooted. After reboot the ekrn.exe process consumes 50% cpu and ~50MB on this dual core. Stopping the real time file system protection brings the ekrn.exe back down to earth. Restarting it sends the process back to 50%.
    There are no scanning jobs running; I haven't really done much (if any) customization.

    Not the kind of demo I was hoping for. :)

    Anyone have any ideas to correct this condition?
     
  2. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    Check the last file scanned in the statistics window. If the same file appears there frquently, try excluding it from scanning. This was a problem with a certain application on notebooks that would constantly write debug information to an html file causing real-time protection to scan it again and again.
     
  3. ASpace

    ASpace Guest

    Yep . There are a few things you should try . Follow these instructions

    1> Visit this page and download the TrendMicro uninstaller (utility designed to check for and remove leftovers of this program) . Run it to make sure your previous av is removed

    2> Open the user interface of ESS , press F5 button to open the entire advanced setup tree

    3> Navigate to Real-time file system protection
    4> Next to ThreatSense engine parameters setup , press the "Setup" button
    5> Make ESS not to scan all file types but dangerous ones only - as shown here
    Confirm the changes with OK
    6> Navigate to Protocol filtering . Select Applications marked as Internet browsers and email clients as shown here
    7> Goto Web access protection → HTTP, HTTPS → Web browsers and make sure that only your web browser(s) (Internet Explorer , Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome , Opera ...) is added/selected/checked.
    8> Confirm the changes with OK.
    9> Reboot the computer
    10> Download , install and run CCleaner (slim build) . It is used to remove unnecessary temporary files from your computer as well as remove some problems with your registry.

    If the instructions above don't help , you could also check your computer for malware using online scanners such as Symantec's or Microsoft's Live scanner


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  4. lemmingman

    lemmingman Registered Member

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    Thanks for the help guys, it was spot on!
     
  5. ASpace

    ASpace Guest

    So , it is fine now ? :thumb:
     
  6. RoninAR

    RoninAR Registered Member

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    I am experiencing this issue and have tried the suggestions in this thread but am still having the issue. Any other ideas?
     
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