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What does the WMIADAP.exe file do?

The WMIADAP.exe process is also known as WMI and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of WMIADAP.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about WMIADAP.exe WMIADAP.exe

WMIADAP.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. WMIADAP.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - as a rule C:\WINDOWS\system32\WBEM\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 196,608 bytes (96% of all these files), 203,776 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The WMIADAP file is not part of the Windows operating system. The original file by Microsoft is digitally signed. So please check the file on your computer. WMIADAP.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 23% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A WMIADAP.exe file has a 2% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 115,200 bytes (61% of all these files), 117,248 bytes or, as the case may be, 128,000 bytes. It is a Windows system file. The WMIADAP file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. WMIADAP.exe is capable of supervise programs.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves WMIADAP.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about WMIADAP?

According to Microsoft the file is "not using the net", but WMIADAP.EXE is attempting to connect to the Internet (blocked by the firewall).
Might cause other programs to fail
Located in "\\?\C:\windows\system32" Never seen this before...
2006 november - XP home : wmiadap.exe tries to connect to the internet and is blocked by my firewall (Philippe Henry, France)
Philippe Henry
Microsoft Windows AutoDiscovery/AutoPurge (ADAP) Service

Summary: 4 users judge WMIADAP.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 12 users have already deleted WMIADAP.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall the program


To remove WMIADAP.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for the program in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if WMIADAP.exe (WMIADAP.exe) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of WMIADAP.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WMIADAP.exe or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or WMIADAP.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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