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Windows 7: WmiPrvSE.exe out of control


15 Apr 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium
 
 
WmiPrvSE.exe out of control

I'm posting this although there have been quite a few past postings on the same topic - but nothing recent. And, many of the discussions don't seem to focus on how to repair the problem. And my searching of other forums has found no recent reports of this problem.

Several days ago, I saw (in Task Manager) that process WmiPrvSE.exe was constantly the #2 CPU use process, using between 10 and 30% of CPU.

I restored the OS (Windows 7 SP1) to several days back before I had installed the regular Tuesday MS security fixes.

The problem was gone. Then, I reinstalled each security update and watched Task Manager. Everything was fine. Then, after a day or so, I was doing to relatively heavy surfing in Firefox (20.0.2) and suddenly, there it was again - hogging CPU.

Now, I did another restore, and the bad security update (282332) was gone from my list of installed updates, but WmiPrvSE was still out of control.

I'm going to keep working on this but if you think you can help or, better yet, KNOW of what the problem is....please let me know, here!

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15 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Open up an elevated command prompt . By clicking on type CMD inside Search programs and files. Right click on CMD underneath Programs (1) choose Run as Administrator or you could press the followering keys on the keyboard CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. If you get a UAC window you could either click on Yes or use the Keyboard shortcut Alt+Y . Command Prompt opens up to this path C:\Windows\System32>_

Type in the command below

tasklist /M /fi "imagename eq wmiprvse.exe" > report.txt
Press <Enter>

Upload the report
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15 Apr 2013   #3

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Ran several times and the report.txt file is empty.
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15 Apr 2013   #4

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Didn't mention that I did accidentally install a program that had several "companion" programs. I thought I removed it all, but as I was restarting, it was there - loading. It's called Conduit and there are quite a lot of forum postings about how it's almost impossible to remove.
Perhaps it's the cause, but in any case, I'd like to remove it regardless.
Any help there?
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15 Apr 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

That's Adware! ... Download AdWareCleaner AdwCleaner Download to your desktop
1.Right-click on adwcleaner.exe and select Run As Administrator to launch the application.
2.Click on Delete button.
3.Confirm each time with OK.
4.Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart. Please post the content of that logfile in your reply.
Note: You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt as well - n is the order number.
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15 Apr 2013   #6

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Getting some help here. Thanks.
But have to go out for a while.
might be back on tonight or early tomorrow.
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15 Apr 2013   #7

windows 7 home premium
 
 

One last try: I removed Conduit as a program, but also deleted the remnants in the Program Files folder.
Not wanting to count chickens, etc.....but WmiPrvSE.exe is now using around 0% of CPU resources.
Jacee - thanks for the adwCleaner tip. I've got it and will run it soon. I'm guessing it will reduce other, less serious annoyances. Thanks.
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15 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Please post the ---> C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt so we can see what was cleaned up
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16 Apr 2013   #9

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Brought up out of sleep mode and everything seems fine.

Jacee, with the problem gone without running adwcleaner, I don't understand what the .txt report would do for this problem. Are your involved with that product? If so, or if you have a general interest in cleaning up adware, I'd send you the file directly.
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16 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

No, I'm not involved with any product. The .txt log will show if there is more than one piece of adware that needs to be removed/deleted.
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