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Opening Task Manager in Windows 10 causes massive lag / unresponsiveness

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I'm not sure if this might be a malware issue but I figure I should get it checked since it has been annoying me to no end.

I've been using Windows 10 for quite a while now but ever since a few weeks ago, perhaps due to the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, whenever I launch the Task Manager (e.g. ctrl alt del), it will end up freezing my computer for a few minutes before I am able to get any proper feedback, such as mouse cursor moving, so any attempts to deal with an unresponsive program leads to the entire machine freezes for minutes. 

I had to install a separate program Process Hacker in order to use anything associated with the original Task Manager without the freezing issues.

I've tried the following in the hopes of diagnosing the issue.

  • cmd
    • sfc /scannow
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • ADWCleaner

Unfortunately, the issue still seems to persist in my machine with the windows 10 task manager.

I've attached the FRST, Addition and Malwarebytes Threat Scan text files to the post.

Thanks in advance!






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