wmiadap.exe and PG free

Discussion in 'ProcessGuard' started by Concerned, Oct 31, 2005.

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  1. Concerned

    Concerned Guest

    For the last two days ProcessGuard free asks if I want to let wmiadap.exe in C:\ WINDOWS\wbem run at start up. Why ask me now as this is a Windows file and has presumably been running all along ?
  2. rickontheweb

    rickontheweb Registered Member

    Nov 14, 2004
    Try doing a search on wmiadap.exe in the forum and you'll find more info on it. By the way, it should be running from C:\ WINDOWS\system32\wbem not C:\ WINDOWS\wbem as far as I know. You might want to check that out, to make sure it's a legit file.

    The exe in C:\ WINDOWS\system32\wbem, is part of windows performance monitoring and optimization features, but it starts a couple minutes after the initial boot, not at boot time. Sometimes a Windows Update seems to trigger it to run more often afterwards when it hasn't for a long time which may be why ProcessGuard didn't catch it after initial training. It's kind of a mystery on when it decides to run or not after boot time. On my system it starts up a couple minutes after each boot religiously. It runs with a /f /t switch but every once in a while it decides to run with an additional /r switch.

    /f - Parses all the performance libraries on the system.
    /c - Clears all performance library statuses.
    /r - Parses all the Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers on the system.
    /t - Throttles the ADAP process if the user operates the mouse or keyboard.

    I haven't tried seeing what happens if it's set to deny always and run for long periods of time. I assume XP gets unoptimized in some unknown way or Gates and Balmer get a bad hair day, I don't really know.
  3. Concerned

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    "By the way, it should be running from C:\ WINDOWS\system32\wbem " It is .Thanks for the explanation, makes sense as I have had lots of Windows Updates recently
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