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wmiprvse.exe - Microsoft WMI Provider Host

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The following Potential Threat is posed by wmiprvse.exe:

  • Due to its presence in almost every Windows version and the fact, that it is known as a secure system process, it is often used as camouflage for viruses, worms and Trojans.
  • If the wmiprvse.exe file is located in a directory other than C:\WINDOWS\System32\, there is an elevated security threat in the form of a possible Trojan.

Information about the wmiprvse.exe process

Wmiprvse.exe is the Windows Management Instrumentation Provider host program. Its task is to load applications separately (in the wmiprvse.exe) as soon as a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service is loaded, Thus it acts as a host, which prevents shutting down of all WMI services when one application is closed.

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