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About two weeks ago I noticed some strange bugs in my games, like wrong scaling, incorrect resolution of textures and shadows, VSync out of fuction etc. Using Malwarebytes I found folder located in C:\Users\Tom\AppData\Roaming\Google\Windows Mail which contained files used to bitcoin mining and also malware forcing my gpu to turn on and run on maximum performance when system was idle for some time. I deleted that folder, then I ran other tests with AdwCleaner, RKiller, ESET and Avast, which discovered and deleted another Net worm. But my games were still stuck in this weird graphic so I showed my PC to friend and he found some articles about "GPU assisted malware" and decided that my GPU is simply using wrong algorithm for rendering. So he made me clean windows and drivers installation, than he replaced bios of my GPU for the original one using nvflash. But my gpu still does not work as it should - NVidia DSR factor is broken and my games are still using wrong algorithm ( broken shadows, bitmaps and shaders dont fit, audio out of synchronization, some advanced effects like motion blur, depth of field, SSAA are not working ). I also tried older drivers but nothing helps. Is there something we could forget? Or is my gpu broken forever? I will be bery thankful for any solution because Im starting to feel desperate. My gpu is MSI GTX 1060 6GB and is only 4 months old.

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Hello @Thommas66 and :welcome:

I'm not sure if it's malware related or not but we can scan for malware and see. Please open Malwarebytes and check for updates, then run a Threat Scan and post back that log. Then run the following other scans.


Please restart the computer first and then run the following steps and post back the logs when ready.

Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.

  • Shutdown your antivirus to avoid any conflicts.
  • Right click over JRT.exe and select Run as administrator on Windows Vista or Windows 7, double-click on XP.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next reply message
  • When completed make sure to re-enable your antivirus




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Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save the file to your Desktop.

  • Right-click on adwcleaner_new.png icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Accept the Terms of use.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan.
  • When finished, please click Clean.
  • Your PC should reboot now.
  • After reboot, logfile will be opened. Copy its content into your next reply.

Note: Reports will be saved in your system partition, usually at C:\Adwcleaner

Download Sophos Free Virus Removal Tool and save it to your desktop.

  • Double click the icon and select Run
  • Click Next
  • Select I accept the terms in this license agreement, then click Next twice
  • Click Install
  • Click Finish to launch the program
  • Once the virus database has been updated click Start Scanning
  • If any threats are found click Details, then View Log file (bottom left-hand corner)
  • Copy and paste the results in your reply
  • Close the Notepad document, close the Threat Details screen, then click Start cleanup
  • Click Exit to close the program
  • If no threats were found, please confirm that result.

Please download the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). If you've, run the tool before you need to place a check mark here.
  • Please attach the Additions.txt log to your reply as well.





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