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.