What is UsrPrmpt.exe?

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 UsrPrmpt.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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UsrPrmpt.exe file information

The process known as Norton Security Center Helper belongs to software Norton Security Center or Norton WMI Update by Symantec (

Description: UsrPrmpt.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The UsrPrmpt.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 218,240 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 21,504 bytes, 26,905 bytes, 16,897 bytes or 253,568 bytes. 
The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. UsrPrmpt.exe is a Verisign signed file. The UsrPrmpt.exe file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with UsrPrmpt.exe, you could completely remove Norton WMI or Norton Security Center (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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


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Summary: Average user rating of UsrPrmpt.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks UsrPrmpt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving UsrPrmpt issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with UsrPrmpt. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the UsrPrmpt.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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