What Is WmiPrvSE.exe?

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    Aside from other random times it shows up (when I reset my modem & router or perform an update), in my task manager it appears to be showing up briefly whenever I start something Java related. It is true it may have done this all along & I just haven't noticed.

    However, exactly just what does WmiPrvSE.exe do & how is it related to Java?
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    U still paranoid? wmiprvse provides WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) with information related to Windows and the Machine, by querying sources like the registry. It is a primairy part of Windows and in no way related to Java. Its mostly used to request information from another machine over network. And developers can write their own provider in order for WMI to record new entries.

    Just see wmiprvse as an information collector.
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    I already knew it wasn't anything malicious since it would then most likely be in a different location & not the normal windows 32 folder that it is. How can it be used to request information from my machine over the network when I have remote assistance disabled? In addition I have my ZA Free Firewall set to prevent anyone from connecting to me. If it's not related to Java then why does it show up every time I use it?
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    WMI is most actively used in business environments by system administrators to manage computers. The information is only shared over local networks. Others can't request information over internet as there is no service handling that. This is all you have to know. And it shows up because a program is querying WMI.

    Seriously, nobody will ever be able to create a detailed image of Windows' consistancy. I really don't mind answering your questions, but you might want to do yourself a pleasure, and try to ignore some things of which you feel they are out of your control zone. Or this questions will keep bothering you.
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    Ah, well I am logged into my computer as an administrator so that could explain it. I think I may have an idea as to why this task shows up for Java though, I'll explain below & if you could I'd appreciate your thoughts on it, after which I'll request that this thread be closed.

    The main thing that I use Java for is RuneScape, an online game that does store some files on your computer such as graphics & audio settings. Could it be that when I'm loading the game, the R.S server is requesting my settings saved in my cache on my computer which triggers WmiPrvSE.exe to start & end once the game is fully loaded?
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    the WMI service is by default started on every type of account. Java is a runtime, a platform to build applications on. As soon as you allow the runescape java applet to run through your web browser, it has full access as far as your user account permits it. I highly doubt Java requests information from WMI, but the applications build on Java can to check if your machine is compatible for example. As I said, WMI is a valueable reference base for applications. So the only logical conclusion is that java applet triggers the process to run.
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    Alright thanks so much, this thread can be closed now.