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What’s WmiPrvSE.exe (WMI Provider Host)? Is it safe or a virus?

At SpyShelter, located in Austin, Texas, our team specializing in cybersecurity has identified a common Microsoft executable on all our physical and virtual computers.

Having carefully studied numerous Windows executables, we now know this particular .exe to be harmless. But, what does this process do on your Windows PC? Also, isn't it strange how Microsoft decides to capitalize some letters and keep others lower case in their system executable names? Who's the MS engineer that does this? Yeah, I'm talking to you guy (or gal)!

WmiPrvSE.exe, or Windows Management Instrumentation Provider Service, is a process developed by Microsoft Windows. It is responsible for providing management information and control over the Windows operating system and its components. Specifically, WmiPrvSE.exe facilitates the communication between various applications and the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) infrastructure, allowing for the monitoring and control of system resources, devices, and applications.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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More about WmiPrvSE.exe on WINDOWS

Who makes WmiPrvSE.exe (WMI Provider Host)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of WmiPrvSE.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is WmiPrvSE.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the WmiPrvSE.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find WmiPrvSE.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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