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93-100% GPU load at idle with high temps


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#1 dutchinvegas

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:23 AM

<script> This started yesterday. I noticed because the computer got noisy as the GPU fan started up.  I've used task manager and Process Server and have found nothing unusual.  I'm using Windows 10 Home 64bit. Core i7 @4.2 Kaby Lake 14nm, 32GB Ram, Nvidia GeForce GTX1080 8192Ram.  Thanks for any help.  I did run Malwarebytes. </script>


Edited by dutchinvegas, 19 September 2017 - 07:09 AM.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:19 AM

remove the GPU from the computer, remove the heat sink and fan from the GPU, clean them and reinstall,

 

apply new thermal paste before reinstalling



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:01 AM

Sysinternals Process Explorer can trace any processes using the GPU.  It sounds suspicious if you have not deliberately installed software that uses the GPU at idle (like Folding @ Home, BOINC etc).

 

I wonder if there is a virus (e.g a remotely controlled Cryptocurrency miner) at work here?


Edited by jonuk76, 19 September 2017 - 10:02 AM.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:42 AM

Found it.  "Services and Control app"  or something like that.  I looked it up.  Malware.  Killed it and GPU load went to 0!  Thanks everyone!






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