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Thread: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

  1. #1
    jj mac Guest

    WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    Computer: Dell Dimension E520 Viiv Core 2 Duo Processor E6300
    O/S Vista home premium

    I am receiving the following error message which pops up shortly after bootup.
    ‚€œWMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed‚€Ě
    I uninstalled the Dell Support Centre, believing it might be causing the
    problem since it appeared after I had installed that program. Initially,
    that seemed to cure the problem but within a few days it was back again, I
    have not, however, reinstalled the Dell Support Centre.
    In the Control Panel selecting ‚€œProblem Reports and Solutions‚€Ě and clicking
    on ‚€œCheck for new Solutions‚€Ě at present 412 problems instances are listed but
    no solutions are found. Under ‚€œinformation about other problems 18 no. are
    listed eg. ‚€œProblem caused by McAfee spamkiller‚€Ě but I don‚€™t know and can‚€™t
    find out what that problem is. Under ‚€œview problem history‚€Ě I see that WMI
    Provider Host‚€Ě stopped working on 7Nov.07 and 146 times since that date.
    Details of ‚€œProblem Signature‚€Ě are given as follows, but I can‚€™t make much
    sense of that information and am unable to determine from it what program is
    causing the WMI Provider Host fault.

    WMI Provider Host
    Stopped working
    24/11/2007 18:22
    Report Sent

    Problem signature
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: wmiprvse.exe
    Application Version: 6.0.6000.16386
    Application Timestamp: 4549af45
    Fault Module Name: StackHash_2493
    Fault Module Version: 6.0.6000.16386
    Fault Module Timestamp: 4549bdc9
    Exception Code: c0000374
    Exception Offset: 000af1c9
    OS Version: 6.0.6000.
    Locale ID: 2057
    Additional Information 1: 2493
    Additional Information 2: 4f3bb3feb872865e371673b8801522c1
    Additional Information 3: a64f
    Additional Information 4: 58665db331ead520448d2a898940a014

    Extra information about the problem
    Bucket ID: 376790327

    Any advice and/or answers to the following queries would be most welcome.

    1 How do I determine what is causing the WMI Provider Host to close and how
    can I correct the problem?.

    2 Are there any serious consequences or risks, security or otherwise, if I
    should ignore the issue and continue working with the WMI Provider Host

  2. #2
    Randy Guest

    RE: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    have you tried clean boot to figure out the root cause?
    clean boot:

  3. #3
    uvbogden Guest

    RE: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    This is apparently a problem caused by McAfee SpamKiller which closes email
    functioning. Try disabling SpamKiller.

  4. #4
    jj mac Guest

    RE: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    It looks as though McAfee SpamKiller is the cause. I can‚€™t be absolutely
    certain because at times it can take quite a while for the message ‚€œWMI
    Provider Host has stopped working‚€Ě to appear although recently it had been
    coming up very quickly after boot up. I disabled McAfee Spamkiller over 2
    hours ago and the message has so far not appeared so it does look as though
    the Spamkiller is the cause.
    I am, however, now being bombarded with pop up messages from McAfee warning
    me that my computer is not protected and is at risk. The Microsoft WMI
    message appears less threatening so I will probably reinstall the Spamkiller
    and take the matter up with McAfee to see if they have a fix or work around
    to correct the problem. I am sure they must be aware of it.
    Many thanks for your help

  5. #5
    jj mac Guest

    RE: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    Many thanks Randy for your helpful suggestion.
    I have downloaded a copy of the clean boot procedure from the web link you
    gave me but I have not carried it out yet as I am now fairly sure that the
    problem is being caused by McAfee Spamkiller. I will use the procedure if
    the problem returns.

  6. #6
    uvbogden Guest

    RE: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    To get McAfee to stop alerting you that SpamKiller is disabled, Open McAfee
    Security Center, go to the lower left corner and click on Configure. Go to
    Protection Status->Advanced->Ignored Problems. Check "Spam filtering is
    turned off"->OK. That should do it.

  7. #7
    Doc Guest

    EASY Fix for WMI Provider Host Issue

    I've been hacking at this for months until I tried the following which works like a charm. I think the problem is some type of conflict between "security center" on Vista and various 3rd party antivirus programs.

    Go to control panel--administrative tools--services (use default view if you can't find it). Scroll down to "Windows Management Instrumentation" (sort by name) and click "stop service" on the left. You will get a prompt telling you what programs will be affected (mostly b.s. and security center), but go ahead and do it. BYE BYE annoying message. McAffee works fine after this so you're "protected with your antivirus software.

    For completion sake, I also ran msconfig in the run pane, clicked on services and disabled Windows Management Instrumentation there too. (you can also get there by control panel--system configuration).

    I think you might get the same results by trying to disable security center in the control panel as well, but I didn't want to bother - just shut the whole thing off and my computer is humming now!

  8. #8
    jj mac Guest

    RE: EASY Fix for WMI Provider Host Issue

    Killing the program is one way of getting rid of the message but not one that
    I would care to follow. I take note of the warning notice that if the WMI
    program is stopped most Windows based software will not function properly and
    ones that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Security Center and
    IP Helper fail to start on my computer if WMI is stopped and I have noticed
    other programs not functioning properly. So no, not for me.

  9. #9
    Doc Guest

    I understand...

    I was concerned about the warnings too. I think "Security Center" is the main culprit at the end of the day so you can try shutting that down only and see if that helps. It doesn't offer a single thing that the McAfee/Norton's etc. don't offer. I'm not sure what IP Helper is, but my guess (just a hunch) is that it is not essential at all (try pausing it and see what happens). Since I've disabled the WMI my computer is running like a dream. I couldn't be happier.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Have you heard back from McAfee? I too am getting this message and it is a pain in the a...

  11. #11
    msmegan Guest

    Re: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    Id be interested to hear what McAfee has said regarding this issue, if
    anything. Im running a Dell Inspiron 1525 w/ Vista Home Premium and
    McAfee Security Suite. About a month ago my error messages (several
    different ones) began popping up.

    1.) McAfee VirusMap has stopped working and closed. This happens at
    random times and the small pop up window appears minimized on the task
    2.) Synchronization Application stopped working and was closed. This
    appears when I open McAfee and click on update.
    3.) Most recently I have received an additional message regarding an
    Instrumentational Program stopping and closing.

    I have contacted McAfee twice regarding this issue and spent several
    excrusiating hours trying to get a pair of idiots to understand the
    problem. Both times the issue was not resolved and I was told to contact

    The pop up windows arent the problem, I can deal with them by simply
    closing them. But Id like some reassurance from somewhere that my
    security programs are running properly and working as they should.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Re: WMI Provider Host stopped working and was closed

    An old post but still relevant. My Vista Home Premium is constantly putting up the message. However, since I do not use McAfee I don't see how it can be the problem.................possibly just Microsoft! Unless, of course, the programme itself has a bug?

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