What does the WmiPrvSE.exe file do?
The WmiPrvSE.exe process is also known as WMI Provider Host or, as the case may be, Windows Media Service and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, ???r???ft W?nd?w Operat?ng Sy?tem. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of WmiPrvSE.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WMI Provider Host has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WMI Provider Host has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WmiPrvSE.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WmiPrvSE.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WmiPrvSE.exe WMI Provider Host
WmiPrvSE.exe is a Windows system file. WmiPrvSE.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 257,536 bytes (31% of all these files), 227,840 bytes as well as 22 other variants.
It is part of the Windows operating system found in C:\Windows\. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. For this reason, 6% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
WmiPrvSE.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "WMI Provider Host." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (such as Trojan.Zbot or, as the case may be, W32.Virut.CF (recognized by Symantec), as well as TROJ_SPNR.25D514 or, as the case may be, PE_VIRUX.R-3 (recognized by TrendMicro)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A WmiPrvSE.exe file has a 5% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 257,536 bytes (36% of all these files), 418,816 bytes as well as 11 other variants. This WmiPrvSE.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy.
- A WmiPrvSE.exe file has a 64% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 580,608 bytes. This WmiPrvSE program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run). The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. WmiPrvSE.exe is capable of monitor other applications.
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 WmiPrvSE.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 WmiPrvSE?
| W32/Sonebot-B drops a copy of itself to the Windows System32 folder with the filename WMIPRVSE.EXE (further information...) |
|Windows Management Instrumentation (services.msc) |
|Causes CPU Spikes and high fan issues (further information...) |
Summary: 198 users judge WmiPrvSE.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 21 users consider it harmless. However, 72 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 86 users have already deleted WmiPrvSE.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or ???r???ft W?nd?w Operat?ng Sy?tem
To remove WMI Provider Host from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program or ???r???ft W?nd?w Operat?ng Sy?tem in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if WmiPrvSE.exe (WMI Provider Host) 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 WMI Provider Host. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WMI Provider Host 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 WmiPrvSE.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.