[SOLVED] Not sure if I have a virus or if there's another issue

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Hello! I'm hoping for some help. A short while ago I bought myself a new GFX card and a CPU. I bought an Intel Core i5-10600K CPU and GeForce GTX 2060 Super. It has been running great and besides gaming, a smooth desktop experience is my biggest priority. Sadly, in the last few days I've been experiencing heavy CPU spikes and transitioning from a game to my desktop is laggy and feels like my old CPU experience. Not great, not terrible.

However this feels like a huge impairment to my new CPU, it's clearly not supposed to be like this. I have only one SSD, and I got 90 gigs left, so I should be okay there. I've ran CCleaner and Kaspersky Total Security, but everything appears clean. Everytime I alt-tab my CPU reaches 100% except when I'm purely in desktop. Sometimes even wordpad can freeze up. Usually the task that spikes in the task manager is the WMI Provider Host, but I'm not sure how that makes any sense. I appreciate any and all help provided! Thank you.
 

mdd1963

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Monitoring task mngr/performance, are your clock speeds bouncing around between 800 MHz -4500 MHz or so as you open/close assorted tasks? (perfectly normal operation when in Balanced power plan; if you are stuck at 800 MHz, often a symptom of improper/generic chipset drivers)

Were your Z490 chipset drivers for your mainboard installed? All WIndows updates applied?
 
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OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K
GFX: GeForce GTX 2060 Super
SSD: Force MP510 (446GB)
Motherboard: ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming

I don't know the PSU but it's 650 watts.
 
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mdd1963

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Monitoring task mngr/performance, are your clock speeds bouncing around between 800 MHz -4500 MHz or so as you open/close assorted tasks? (perfectly normal operation when in Balanced power plan; if you are stuck at 800 MHz, often a symptom of improper/generic chipset drivers)

Were your Z490 chipset drivers for your mainboard installed? All WIndows updates applied?
 

neojack

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you said you have 90GB left on your SSD. But we don't know what is the total.
well if it's a 1TB SSD that's not enough for keeping good perfs (you should aim for >20% free space)

Also a bad PSU can cause those problems too. I experienced it just yesterday on a co-workers's laptop.
 
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Monitoring task mngr/performance, are your clock speeds bouncing around between 800 MHz -4500 MHz or so as you open/close assorted tasks? (perfectly normal operation when in Balanced power plan; if you are stuck at 800 MHz, often a symptom of improper/generic chipset drivers)

Were your Z490 chipset drivers for your mainboard installed? All WIndows updates applied?
No they're at a steady 4,47 GHz, not going below 4.34 GHz when I'm using a gaming application. When I'm doing virtually nothing but browsing it sits around 3,6-4,0. My chipset drivers are out of date it appears, I'll install them and let you know.

you said you have 90GB left on your SSD. But we don't know what is the total.
well if it's a 1TB SSD that's not enough for keeping good perfs (you should aim for >20% free space)

Also a bad PSU can cause those problems too. I experienced it just yesterday on a co-workers's laptop.
My total size is 446GB. My PSU is also brand new and should be okay. As I said, I never had any issues until recently.
 
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I just updated my BIOS and chipset drivers and now my PC is running as smoothly as before! Thanks a lot, what wonderful support that is provided here!
 

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