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  • Question

  • I've got a Laptop running on Vsta, and when I do a system scan my antivirus (McAfee) keeps crashing both the scan and my computer as soon as it reaches the file WsmWmiPl.dll. Can I delete this file, or is it integral for my PC to work?

    I've uninstalled and then reinstalled the antivirus, and tried other antiviruses available on the web, and they all crash when the scan reaches this file.

    Any Help Gratefully Received

    Kate
    Friday, April 10, 2009 4:21 PM

Answers

  • Hi Kate, I'd like to inform you that this file can be a system file if it is under C:\Windows\System32. At this time, I suggest you try a free online virus scan on the following site:

    http://safety.live.com

    For information about Security updates, visit the MicrosoftVirus Solution and Security Center for resources and tools to keep your PC safe and healthy. If you are having issues with installing the update itself, visit Support for Microsoft Update for resources and tools to keep your PC updated with the latest updates.

    Hope this helps!


    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Monday, April 13, 2009 7:17 AM
    Moderator
  • Kate,

    WsmWmiPl.dll is a part of the Windows Vista operating system (if the file resides in c:\windows\system32 directory).
    The WsmWmiPl.dll is a part of the Windows Remote Management feature in windows vista.

    WsmWmiPl.dll
    WMI plug-in. This allows you to obtain WMI data through WinRM.
    Source: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384464(VS.85).aspx


    So, to answer your question should i delete this file.
    The answer is no, IF the is located in the c:\windows\system32 folder.

    I suggest you try to run the System File Checker (SFC) tool to check if the file is corrupt.
    For more information about the usage of this tool see this excelent article.
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/system_file_checker.htm

    If this doesn't fix the problem feel free to reply :)

    Kind Regards
    DFT

    • Proposed as answer by daft Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:53 AM
    • Marked as answer by Sean Zhu -Moderator Friday, April 17, 2009 9:12 AM
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:51 AM

All replies

  • Hi Kate, I'd like to inform you that this file can be a system file if it is under C:\Windows\System32. At this time, I suggest you try a free online virus scan on the following site:

    http://safety.live.com

    For information about Security updates, visit the MicrosoftVirus Solution and Security Center for resources and tools to keep your PC safe and healthy. If you are having issues with installing the update itself, visit Support for Microsoft Update for resources and tools to keep your PC updated with the latest updates.

    Hope this helps!


    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Monday, April 13, 2009 7:17 AM
    Moderator
  • Kate,

    WsmWmiPl.dll is a part of the Windows Vista operating system (if the file resides in c:\windows\system32 directory).
    The WsmWmiPl.dll is a part of the Windows Remote Management feature in windows vista.

    WsmWmiPl.dll
    WMI plug-in. This allows you to obtain WMI data through WinRM.
    Source: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384464(VS.85).aspx


    So, to answer your question should i delete this file.
    The answer is no, IF the is located in the c:\windows\system32 folder.

    I suggest you try to run the System File Checker (SFC) tool to check if the file is corrupt.
    For more information about the usage of this tool see this excelent article.
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/system_file_checker.htm

    If this doesn't fix the problem feel free to reply :)

    Kind Regards
    DFT

    • Proposed as answer by daft Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:53 AM
    • Marked as answer by Sean Zhu -Moderator Friday, April 17, 2009 9:12 AM
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:51 AM
  • Hi Sean and DFT,

    Thank you both for your help. I've tried all the online virus scans, and they all crash my computer at this file. It does reside in the system32 folder. The problem is, if anything tries to access that folder, including the SFC, it crashes again. I can't even click on the file as it crashes. In addition to this, Vista came already installed on my Dell, so I can't reload the operating system to restore the file if it is corrupted.

    If I do a system restore, will it be able to fix it? I can't pinpoint however the time when the file got corrupted.

    Also, can a virus get into a system32 file? As I still don't know if it's a corrupted file, or one with a virus in.

    Kind Regards,

    Kate
    Friday, April 17, 2009 10:58 AM
  • Hi Kate,

    1
    Run the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

    2
    . Download, install, update and run:
    SUPERAntispyware (freeware) and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (freeware).

    3. See and follow carefully:
    "
    Checking for/Help with Spyware, Malware and Hijackware"

    If you need more help with virus-related issues, contact Microsoft Product Support Services.

    For information about Security updates, visit the Microsoft Virus Solution and Security Center for resources and tools to keep your PC safe and healthy. If you are having issues with installing the update itself, visit Support for Microsoft Update for resources and tools to keep your PC updated with the latest updates.

    If you need more assistance for the virus/worm post to the Microsoft Newsgroup - Security - Viruses.
    Via your newsreader:

    news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.security.virus

    Via Web:

    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.security.virus

    Hope this helps.

    Vincenzo Di Russo - Microsoft MVP Windows Internet Explorer, Windows Desktop Experience & Security - Since 2003. ~ My Blog: http://blogs.dotnethell.it/vincent/
    Friday, April 17, 2009 11:43 AM