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 WmiPrvSE.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.
Description: The original WmiPrvSE.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. WmiPrvSE.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32—normally C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 218,112 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 227,840 bytes and 39 more variants.
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 8% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify WmiPrvSE.exe related errors
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).
To ensure that no rogue WmiPrvSE.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants?
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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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WmiPrvSE. 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 WmiPrvSE.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.