WMI Provider High CPU usage! PLEASE HELP!

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Hello guys!

I need some serious help right now. Every once in a while (its a lot more often now) my PC starts lagging. That means, slow load times, takes 5 seconds to open chrome or any program, and when I check task manager the WMI Provider Host is jumping between 8% up to 50% (that way my CPU is reaching even 99-100%). Reinstalled windows when it first started couple times, didn't work. I tried restarting the service but it only fixed the issue for a couple week. Now that doesn't work. I tried all kind of troubleshoot on the internet, checked for Process ID in event viewer to see which app is causing the issue, but it's really just random apps, and sometimes I can't even find the number.

Yesterday I contacted Microsoft support, they told me to do a clean boot (turn off every application that starts after boot) and let only microsoft apps run therefore we can make sure it's not a Windows problem. I did, there was no lag, no high cpu usage. Then I tried turning back every application, in batches (like 4-5 at a time) and did a couple restarts, after doing this, PC was running normally again. I was really hoping that one time after turning some apps on, the high CPU usage will be there, so I can narrow down the list and find the one that's causing the issue.

Well, nope, PC was running smoothly....for like 2 hours. Then LITERALLY out of nowhere, it came back. I was checking the task manager and it was normal, then the other second the WMI Provider Host popped up with like 7-8% usage, and over time it was more and more, reaching even the worst 50%. It was like that until today, when I wanted to do a restart without a couple apps to see if that's the issue, SUDDENLY when checking the task manager, WMI Provider was gone.

What is happening? I did not open, or close any app while this happening, this is what really annoys me. It is like a ghost. I really wanna get rid of this, I just wish I knew what to do. I would seriously buy a new cpu, ssd, anything that would 100% fix this problem.

I beg you guys to help me cause I can't find any solution for this as it's so freakin random.

TL;DR: WMI Provider Host at random times, without any specific reason, starts to eat up my CPU usage. I can never know for how long, but sometimes it just stops, for a couple hours/days, then it's back. I can't find any solution to this, but it's annoying cause my PC is lagging cause of this.

Specs: -dual monitor (1440p and 1080p)

-i7 8700k , overclocked to 4.7ghz from motherboard (preset oc)

-strix z370-f

-aorus 1080

-16gb ddr4 3200mhz

-kraken x62

-250gb ssd (windows and softwares)

-2tb hdd (movies and games)

-nzxt hue+

-nzxt rgb fans
 

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1. Open Event Viewer from "Windows + X" or by right-clicking on the windows start menu icon.

2. On the View menu, click Show Analytic and Debug Logs. Locate the Operational log for WMI under Applications and Service Logs | Microsoft | Windows | WMI Activity.

3. Look for errors. Look for ClientProcessID


4. Find the process with the matching process ID under Task Manager --> Services tab. This is the process that is causing WMI to use excessive CPU. In my case, process was Rapport which is the IBM Trusteer Rapport Endpoint.

5. Uninstall that application or disable that service.

 
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Yep, that's what I did. 90% of them are not in task manager in Details or Services. I rarely find a program that has the same number, but that is totally random as well, it's always something different, never the same. What about the ones that I can't find?? Are they hidden or wtf?
 
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Depends on what you mean by gadgets?
 
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What are dependant services btw?
 

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If you go to services, find WMI service and open it's properties, there's a tab "dependencies"
 
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Thought this is some windows vista thing. No I dont have any of these. Although I have several input gadgets/peripherals, like bluetooth dongle, mousepad, headphone stand etc
 
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https://imgur.com/a/iEsyS0I

Here is what mine looks like
 

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I would: disable Inter Rapid Storage service and IP helper service. See if it helps. None of them is important. Disable malwarebytes antivirus and it's service, or uninstall it. That's where I would start.
 
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PCs been fine for 3 days now, no signs of high CPU, but errors in WMI event log are still showing up. I didnt do anything though.

I always thought the Intel Rapid storage is essential to install, as its on the motherboards driver page I believe. What is that anyways? and what is IP helper?
 

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Intel Rapid storage is a storage driver but it comes with an additional, non-essential, event logging service which can be safely disabled.

IP-Helper is for corporate networks\active directory

 

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