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Should I remove Norton WMI Update?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,205
United States Rank #21,152
Reach 0.0059%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.24 days
154.67 days >
Average installed length: 81.27 days


2005.1.2.20 66.38%
2005.1.0.111 32.76%
2005.1.0.84 0.86%

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Norton WMI Update


Norton WMI Update is a program developed by Symantec. The most used version is 2005.1.2.20, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is symwsc.exe. The software installer includes 15 files and is usually about 1.75 MB (1,838,060 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 66% of users of Norton WMI Update come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.symantec.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\symantec shared\security center
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{1526D87C-A955-4FAB-BF18-697BA457E352}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.75 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Norton WMI Update

Program executable:symwsc.exe
Name:Norton Security Center
Norton Security Center Service
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\symantec shared\security center\symwsc.exe
Additional files:
  • SYMSCUI.EXE - Norton Security Console (Norton Security Console NSC Mini UI stub Component)
  • sscnav.dll - Norton Security Center (Norton Security Center Plug-in)
  • sscnis56.dll
  • sscnis7.dll
  • symscwb.dll - Norton Security Center Helper
  • symwscno.exe - Norton Security Center Notification Helper
  • usrprmpt.exe
  • wschlpr.dll - Symantec WSC Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • symwsc.exe runs as a service named 'SymWMI Service' (SymWSC) "Symantec WMI Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • UsrPrmpt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SSC_UserPrompt' which loads as C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe.

How do I remove Norton WMI Update?

You can uninstall Norton WMI Update from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Norton WMI Update, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Norton WMI Update.

Win XP 74%
Win 10 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 81.90%
Windows 7 13.79%
Windows Vista 3.45%
Windows 10 0.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 86.27%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.86%
Windows 7 Professional 2.94%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 0.98%
Windows 7 Home Basic 0.98%
Windows 10 Home 0.98%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.73% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.73%
  United Kingdom 5.59%
  Australia 4.20%
  France 3.50%
  Germany 2.80%
  Japan 2.10%
  Canada 2.10%
  Italy 2.10%
  Switzerland 1.40%
  Sweden 1.40%
  Greece 1.40%
  MA 0.70%
  Brazil 0.70%
  Russia 0.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 19.72%
American Megatrends 18.31%
Sahara 15.49%
Hewlett-Packard 9.86%
Intel 8.45%
Gateway 7.04%
NEC 2.82%
Compaq 2.82%
ASUS 2.82%
Acer 2.82%
Common models
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 2.35%
Acer Aspire T120E 2.35%
TOSHIBA Satellite A70 2.35%
vpr Matrix 2000 ... 1.18%
VIA K7VM2. 1.18%

About Symantec

Symantec developers security software for business and consumers and helps customers protect their computers, information, identities and infrastructure by delivering software and services that address risks to security with various products such as Norton AntiVirus, Internet security, and anti-spyware products e.
Publisher URL: www.symantec.com


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