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Hello   :welcome:

Have you run a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows ?    Have you run a scan rith your resident antivirus ?

To your mentions about Task Manager, you need to totally not pay attention to the percentage  for like at least one minute.   The very initial display is NOT the real deal.  You need to let the app settle down.

The CPU usage can fluctuate depending on all sorts of conditions.  It  ( high cpu usage  at some moment in time) does not mean that there is some kind of "infection".


You should review this topic and see if it applies to your system as well.   It takes a while for Task Manager to compute tasks & then refresh the display..


Ignore Task Manager altogether.......unless it shows a blatantly obvious "rogue"/

BTW   Malwarebytes for Windows can & does detect and remove malicious coin-miners !

We use known security programs to identify malware.    skip the Task Manager, please.


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The fluctuaions displayed by Task Manager have to be ignored altogether .....for the first minute or so  ....when you open Task Manager.

Bottom line is:   Has any security program reported a P U P  or a malware ?

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Hi.  Lets do some other scans.  First, a scan with ESET .  A one-time scan.  You should close all web browsers ( all tabs) before the point where you actually start the scan itself.

I would suggest a free scan with the ESET Online Scanner
Go to https://download.eset.com/com/eset/tools/online_scanner/latest/esetonlinescanner.exe

It will start a download of "esetonlinescanner.exe"
Save the file to your system, such as the Downloads folder, or else to the Desktop.

Go to the saved file, and double click it to get it started.

When presented with the initial ESET options, click on "Computer Scan".
Next, when prompted by Windows, allow it to start by clicking Yes
When prompted for scan type, Click on Full scan

Look at & tick  ( select )   the radio selection "Enable ESET to detect and quarantine potentially unwanted applications"   and click on Start scan button.
Have patience.  The entire process may take an hour or more. There is an initial update download.

There is a progress window display.
You should ignore all prompts to get the ESET antivirus software program.   ( e.g.  their standard program).   You do not need to buy or get or install anything else.
When the scan is completed, if something was found, it will show a screen with the number of detected items.  If so, click the button marked “View detected results”.
Click The blue “Save scan log” to save the log.

If something was removed and you know it is a false finding, you may click on the blue ”Restore cleaned files”  ( in blue, at bottom).
Press Continue when all done.  You should click to off the offer for “periodic scanning”.


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@DanielC   This Topic-thread is ONLY for the originator  Ryanj124.   Look at the pinned topics at the top of this forum  and create your own Topic  ( new).

I will be removing your post from here.   This sub-forum is only 1  to 1.  It is not a group participation thing.   Sorry.

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Glad we could help.

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