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How to remove the WinMgmt virus


Most antivirus programs identify WinMgmt.exe as malware, for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Backdoor.Win32.DsBot.jm or Packed.Win32.Black.a, and Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDropper:Win32/Hupigon.F or Trojan:Win32/Sisproc.
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WinMgmt.exe file information

The process known as Windows-Verwaltungsinstrumentation belongs to software Windows Management Instrumentation by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: WinMgmt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WinMgmt.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 59,392 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 468,480 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/winmgmt.exe.html 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, C:\Windows\win.ini). WinMgmt.exe is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. WinMgmt.exe is able to record inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 90% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify WinMgmt.exe related errors

If WinMgmt.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 196,706 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

If WinMgmt.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 3,187,200 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. WinMgmt.exe is able to hide itself.

If WinMgmt.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 63,252 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "MMCWINMGMT" is not required to run at start up. Used for Enterprise Management. If you are not an IT Administrator you don't need it to be running. Also runs from the PCHealth "scheduler" - refer here
  • "WinMgmt" is not required to run at start up. Used for Enterprise Management. If you are not an IT Administrator you don't need it to be running. Also runs from the PCHealth "scheduler" - refer here

Important: You should check the WinMgmt.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.



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User Comments

may be related to virus/trojan/ransomware if not in system32. It will be located (in vista/7) in C:\Users\Username\mggddmgd (random name); can be removed by running sysinternals Autoruns and disabling it. Gave us a lot of trouble; only guaranteed way to remove ransomware related to this file. It does not mess up shell value or run/run once registry, like other ransomware.
   
winmgmt /verifyrepository is used for checking the performance
  Rohith  
I have face this problem since one month but not to worry because avg anti remove it complete from my pc find link it removes all your related virus smoothly
  rahul shrotri   (further information)
Every time, my KAV Pure pop-up a window "winmgmt.exe ...... Trojan.. detected" and immediatly, I have some P*rn* sounds that plays -_-"
   
This file is part of Windows and is required if you want to install SQL Server or other Microsoft server software. Just because a virus has tried to disguise itself as this file doesn't mean this file is dangerous.
  Chris  
Win2K Process. Occurred after i switched the GPU brand and didnt unistall the old GPU driver. Permanently loaded the CPU (athlon XP 1600) to 99% every time even, every user even logged in as Admin. Vanished after uninstalling the old obsolete Drivers. - check your Hardware/driver conflicts
  verbal kint  
everytime i start up my comp and select a profile, my computer restarts, and when i check Event Viewer, it says the source is WinMgmt, need more info
   
My company has this installed on all systems for remote management and system checking. All I know is that as a non administrator I cannot remove, disable or restart this process, yet when it runs, it chews up to 98 % CPU and basically grinds my computer to a halt.
   
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WinMgmt.exe: based on 93 votes with 9 reviews.
31 users think WinMgmt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 27 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users suspect danger. 20 users think WinMgmt.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 22 users don't grade WinMgmt.exe ("not sure about it").


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