How to remove the WinMgmt virus

Most antivirus programs identify WinMgmt.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as or Packed.Win32.Black.a, and Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDropper:Win32/Hupigon.F or Trojan:Win32/Sisproc.

The WinMgmt.exe file is a software component of Windows by Microsoft. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, W2K Advanced Server, and W2K Professional Edition contain this module to allow managers in an enterprise environment to inspect and control client application performance. To avoid excess CPU usage by Winmgmt.exe in computers that also have WMI, (Windows Management Instrumentation), set WMI to log "errors only."

WInMgmt stands for WIndows Management Instrumentation

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WinMgmt.exe file information

The process known as Windows-Verwaltungsinstrumentation belongs to software Windows Management Instrumentation by Microsoft (

Description: WinMgmt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WinMgmt.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 59,392 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 468,480 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, win.ini). WinMgmt.exe is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. WinMgmt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 90% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the WinMgmt.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

may be related to virus/trojan/ransomware if not in system32. It will be located (in vista/7) in C:\Users\Username\mggddmgd (random name); can be removed by running sysinternals Autoruns and disabling it. Gave us a lot of trouble; only guaranteed way to remove ransomware related to this file. It does not mess up shell value or run/run once registry, like other ransomware.
winmgmt /verifyrepository is used for checking the performance
I have face this problem since one month but not to worry because avg anti remove it complete from my pc find link it removes all your related virus smoothly
  rahul shrotri   (further information)
Every time, my KAV Pure pop-up a window "winmgmt.exe ...... Trojan.. detected" and immediatly, I have some P*rn* sounds that plays -_-"
This file is part of Windows and is required if you want to install SQL Server or other Microsoft server software. Just because a virus has tried to disguise itself as this file doesn't mean this file is dangerous.
Win2K Process. Occurred after i switched the GPU brand and didnt unistall the old GPU driver. Permanently loaded the CPU (athlon XP 1600) to 99% every time even, every user even logged in as Admin. Vanished after uninstalling the old obsolete Drivers. - check your Hardware/driver conflicts
  verbal kint  
everytime i start up my comp and select a profile, my computer restarts, and when i check Event Viewer, it says the source is WinMgmt, need more info
My company has this installed on all systems for remote management and system checking. All I know is that as a non administrator I cannot remove, disable or restart this process, yet when it runs, it chews up to 98 % CPU and basically grinds my computer to a halt.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WinMgmt.exe: based on 93 votes with 9 reviews. 31 users think WinMgmt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 27 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users suspect danger. 20 users think WinMgmt.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 22 users don't grade WinMgmt.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WinMgmt issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WinMgmt. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 WinMgmt.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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