What will happen if I disable all traffic for ekrn.exe?

Discussion in 'ESET Smart Security' started by KarlBeer, Jul 27, 2008.

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  1. KarlBeer

    KarlBeer Registered Member

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    I noticed it's pinging various University's around the world.

    Will this disrupt every day functions?
     
  2. Eryan

    Eryan Eset Staff Account

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    Hi, ekrn is the software kernel. If you disable it, the software will not be able to update. It’s not ekrn.exe itself that's pinging the university addresses--it’s most likely another application whose traffic is being routed through the proxy that’s built into the ESET software.

    I would do this in your situation:

    1. Open up the ESET Antivirus window and press F5.
    2. From the Advanced Setup tree, click 'Antivirus and antispyware' -> 'Protocol Filtering'.
    3. Select the 'Ports and applications marked as Internet browsers or e-mail clients'.
    4. From the Advanced Setup tree, click 'Antivirus and antispyware' -> Web access protection' -> 'HTTP' -> 'Web browsers' and make sure that only the applications you want scanned with the Internet filter are selected.
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    I'd merely add that disabling the traffic for ekrn.exe would disable the traffic for all applications whose communication is routed through it.
     
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