How to completely exit NOD32 v4?

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by Sduibek, May 27, 2009.

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  1. Sduibek

    Sduibek Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I have no complaints about this software and i'm happy knowing I have the best one out there :) I used Kaspersky for several years after doing my research on "the best" (subjective I know) AV software, but IMO Kaspersky has much to my chagrine gotten bloated and slower over the last couple versions. (Since about 6.x onward).

    Anyway, I am a gamer and power-user and thus need to squeeze every last bit of performance out of my system at times. Is there a way to completely end the ekrn process? Obviously it's self-protected, so I can't simply End Task it. I don't see a need to be sucking up 50+MB of RAM and all that if I don't even have (or need) active protection at the time. After all it's my system, right? I should be able to choose when to have it running... this is the only thing I miss after switching from Kaspersky.

    If this isn't possible, please consider it. Your gamer and poweruser customers will thank you!
     
  2. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    Is saving 50+ MB of RAM really worth of risking infection of the computer, especially nowadays when mainstream computers come with 2 and more GB of RAM installed? What if you had an unpatched system with a critical vulnerability exploited by malware?
     
  3. xMarkx

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    Hello,

    ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security are fairly light antivirus products so even if you are a gamer, you can keep it on to better protect yourself from malware. The hourly update check occurs all in the background and shouldn't disturb you.

    Within the program, you can disable different parts of the antivirus like web access or real time system protection to better suit your gaming needs but to be honest I'm not sure if you can just disable the scanning engine process ekrn.exe because (1) I have never tried because I haven't had the need and (2) If it was that easy, malware could, with too much ease, disable ESET NOD32 Antivirus and leave you vulnerable.

    Also, sometimes I find that certain antivirus products can consume a comparable amount of RAM, yet one will be much heavier on the same system then the other. For example, ESET NOD32 Antivirus takes up around or slightly above 50MB of RAM and McAfee (my previous av that came with my computer -.-) consumed around 100MB to the best of my knowledge. A 50MB difference might seem significent, which it is, but not when you have 1GB of RAM or more free. So it's not always the RAM requirement that results in poor performance.

    Regards,

    Mark.
     
  4. jimwillsher

    jimwillsher Registered Member

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    Well yes, I would say so.

    I'm not a gamer but I do run large VMWare images. And I mean large - images running Windows 2003 Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, and with 10GB SQL databases. As I'm demoing this stuff it has to be on a laptop (at customer sites), and by definition I'm then running with no internet conenction, therefore no way to get infected. Prior to running the VMWare image I stop all uncessary servies, switch to "classic" theme, remove background wallpaper - everything to squeeze every last drop out of my 4GB RAM. And getting an extra 50MB would be VERY welcome.


    Jim
     
  5. WayneP

    WayneP Support Specialist

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    It is not recommended to disable the ESET software, even when playing games. I have been a PC gamer for a long time and have been in your shoes. There is a Knowledgebase article that I ran across that will help you configure your ESET software for gaming. I noticed a difference on my machine after doing this.

    http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN2229
     
  6. piperfect

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    IMO shutting down a program is a required feature. This is why I have used NOD32 for 10 years. If I can't turn it off, I can't use it.

    Making it so users can't turn it off is acceptable, but administrators need to be able to.
     
  7. piperfect

    piperfect Registered Member

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    In Windows 7
    Running cmd as Administrator

    taskkill /IM ekrn.exe
    doesn't work
    Reason: Access is denied.

    Is there a work around?
     
  8. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    Ekrn is the most crucial part that is protected. If you don't want to have ESET protecting your system, you can uninstall it temporarily, but you'll expose your computer at risk by doing so.
     
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