What is WMIADAP.exe? Is WMIADAP.exe spyware or a virus?

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1. Run Security Task Manager to check your WMIADAP process
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3. Run MalwareBytes to remove persistent malware

Process name: Windows Management Instrumentation AutoDiscovery/AutoPurge

Product: Microsoft Windows Operating System

Company: Microsoft (microsoft.com)

File: WMIADAP.exe


A feature in older versions of Windows, the WMIADAP process moves performance libraries to the Windows Management Instrumentation repository. Since the introduction of Windows Vista, the updating performance classes function of WMI ADAP has been replaced by the WmiPerfClass and WMIPerfInst providers.http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/wmiadap.exe.html 
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Users Opinions

Average user rating of WMIADAP.exe: based on 26 votes. Read also the 19 reviews.

  • 856 users ask for this file. 5 users rated it as not dangerous. 4 users rated it as not so dangerous. 2 users rated it as neutral. 2 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 13 users rated it as dangerous. 8 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about WMIADAP.exe:
According to Microsoft the file is "not using the net", but WMIADAP.EXE is attempting to connect to the Internet (blocked by the firewall). Erix
Might cause other programs to fail
Located in "\\?\C:\windows\system32" Never seen this before... Tom
2006 november - XP home : wmiadap.exe tries to connect to the internet and is blocked by my firewall (Philippe Henry, France) Philippe Henry
Microsoft Windows AutoDiscovery/AutoPurge (ADAP) Service
Though I can't find the forum now, I was looking for a BootVis alternative and found that pressing "Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks" in the Start- Run box rearranges boot files for faster boot times, similar to BootVis. The wmiadap.exe is the process that pops up in Task Manager when you run this command. Tim
dunno anything about this.. but wot i do know is that its embedded within my OS and starts hidden Greg
tries to access the internet to remove a driver or service arsen
Kaspersky Anti-Hacker keeps blocking this file when it tries to connect to the internet. Ademar
i think it's a file that is used by viruses just to take up space, memory, and processing. if it's in the wbem folder it's okay, otherwise i think it's a fake Jeezy
In my case wmiadap.exe came with an update for XP (KB971513) which updated wmi mighty duck
Located in \\?\C:\Windows\system32\WBEM\ Guzmar
Thanks for the information Tim, I ran that CMD and it started 2 proccess, defrag.exe and dfrgntfs.exe lol. I know, I need to defrag...... Dur
this is part of the windows 7 antivirus 2012. use rkill.exe to stop this process  See also: Link Terry
I attempted to open chrome, but it would not open. I ran Rkill and that process was eliminated, the internet runs great now, a little sketchy but I wouldn't suggest removing it. Laon-Fait
this file "wmiadap" does conneck to the internet via a hacker, it sends and gathers commands from hacker to make changes in your reg. sys. gerald
I ran something that I suspected was a virus on a test machine and as it turns out, it is a virus. After I ran it, it disappeared and wmiadap appeared as a new process that I don't recall ever seeing before.
it starts up every morning when windows enters net,i turn it off in task manager,it stops some programs from working,i believe its microsoft either stealing or ruining programs. arthur
its just a performance counter. tells other programs in your system the condition of your network, memory, disk system, whether indexing is working, if terminal services is working, etc etc.  See also: Link Will

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