What is ncs2prov.exe?

The genuine ncs2prov.exe file is a software component of Intel® PROSet for Windows* Device Manager by Intel Corporation.
This is a component of the Device Manager for Intel® PROSet Software for Windows*, which is associated with Ethernet (not wireless) network adapter card drivers in computers in enterprise networks where remote management software can alter the adapter's configuration. In this environment the adapter is a "managed object." The remote management software, designed according to Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), issues WMI requests from the remote server to the adapter card on the client. A WMI service call requesting information about Device Manager causes "NCS2Prov.exe" to start automatically and send back information; after a short period of inactivity it stops itself. The program should reside in "C:\Program Files\Intel\NCS2\WMIProv"; if found in "C:\Windows" or its "\System32" subpath it may be malware. It can be uninstalled via the Control Panel, selecting "Intel® Network Connections" or "Intel® PRO Network Connections", usually only before installing a newer version.

NCS2Prov stands for Network Configuration Services Version 2.0 WMI Provider Module

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 ncs2prov.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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Ncs2prov.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ncs2prov
Ncs2prov.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NCS2Prov Module belongs to software Intel® PROSet for Windows* Device Manager by Intel® (

Description: Ncs2prov.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ncs2prov.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 178,120 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 185,560 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The ncs2prov.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Intel provides a support site for assistance [1][2], and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Intel(R) Network Connections or Intel(R) PRO Network Connections).

Recommended: Identify ncs2prov.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ncs2prov.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ncs2prov.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

I find this file with these sizes on different computers: 105,080 bytes (2009-09-24, XP); 96,815 bytes (2008, XP); 140,409 (Win7).
  Gareth Ridout  

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Best practices for resolving ncs2prov issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ncs2prov. 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 ncs2prov.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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