kernel.exe - Is kernel.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?
File type: Purpose of this file: What is the kernel.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
Purpose of this file:
What is the kernel.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many virus, spyware, or malware do. If you suspect you have a virus or spyware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, kernel.exe may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. kernel.exe can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.
Yes, I would remove kernel.exe if it was on my computer. If you wish to do this, and you get an error message because you cannot access it, you should first terminate the task in your tasklist and then attempt to add it to your recycle bin again.
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This program is a visual basic trojan virus, and although this file name used to be part of windows many years ago, it is now part of the backdoor tojan. You can kill this file if found on your pc, and the location is shown below. You will find this in your registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, so it always has a way to startup when you reboot. You can manually kill this trojan file, but remember that other files are often found with viruses, they are rarely just one file and that is also the case here. It is best to use software to remove this automatically, and if you want to manually cleanup your system then always be familiar with the registry and the startup locations where these files are found as you can identify all names there, and even random names as many of these use. This trojan file can be found on your hard drive at c:\WINDOWS\system32\Kernel.exe Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.