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How to remove an WmiPrvSE error


WmiPrvSE.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. Only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if WmiPrvSE.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or an application you can trust.

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WmiPrvSE.exe file information

The process known as WMI or WMI Provider Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: WmiPrvSE.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" - normally C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 218,112 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 227,840 bytes and 33 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wmiprvse.exe.html 
It is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. WmiPrvSE.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. There is no information about the author of the file. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is WmiPrvSE.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true WmiPrvSE.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "WMI Component". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as WORM_SILLYFDC.BR or WORM_AUTORUN.AIA (detected by TrendMicro), and Virus:Win32/Autorun.A or Backdoor:Win32/Agent.EO (detected by Microsoft).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If WmiPrvSE.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 77% dangerous. The file size is 87,684 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 58,880 bytes and 5 more variants. The program has no file description. The WmiPrvSE.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run).

If WmiPrvSE.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 84% dangerous. The file size is 57,856 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. WmiPrvSE.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "Kernel_check" definitely not required. Added by the SONEBOT-B WORM!

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WmiPrvSE.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WmiPrvSE.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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User Comments

Avira antivirus is causing the problem I uninstalled it and my system is fine now. i am using AVG antivirus.
   
Controlling rogue wmiprvse.exe in Windows XP Pro Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Open Services and Applications (click the + box) Select Services Scroll down to Windows Management Instrumentation Double-click on it OR Right-click & select Properties Change Startup Type to Disabled Click on Stop Click OK Close the window Reboot Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Open Services and Applications (click the + box) Select Services Scroll down to Windows Management Instrumentation Double-click on it OR Right-click & select Properties Change Startup Type to Automatic Click on Start Click OK
  Erwin Schaefer  
On my Win7 pro machine, I find two copies of the program. WmiPrvSE.exe from c:/Windows/System32/wbem WmiPrvSE.exe *32 from c:/Windows/SysWOW64/wbem I had to hard kill the computer with the power button as it would not completely close down the normal way. Since I have restarted the machine, it seems to be running normally with these processes without hogging the machine. When it was running badly, it had all 8 threads ties up and my memory usage was almost 8Gbytes. Now my memory usage is only 2.5Gbytes.
  steve13565  
This is CPU eater
  Josek Goldman  
all the CPU up without giving any clear advantage or reason,killing it will cause it to start again almost immediately
  Tom  
its a huge ... and it harm to my internet connection
  me  
It comes back at each startup! How can it be permanently stopped?
  Larry Lancaster  
Causes CPU Spikes and high fan issues
  Matt  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WmiPrvSE.exe: based on 502 votes with 9 reviews.
210 users think WmiPrvSE.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 23 users think it's probably harmless. 100 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 78 users suspect danger. 91 users think WmiPrvSE.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 61 users don't grade WmiPrvSE.exe ("not sure about it").


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