Originally this problem because every time I opened the game pubg I would get a blue screen of death with a code of: kernel security check failure. I tried updating my graphics drivers to no avail. So I decided to get the most recent windows update 1809 to see if that would fix it, but it basically just nuked my computer making it really slow (100% CPU usage and 80% memory usage) even to the point of making a youtube video stutter during playback. And still didn't fix the pubg BSoD :'(
My computer specs:
CPU: i5 6600k
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z170M-D3H
GPU: GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4
SSD: 750 Evo 250GB (windows installed)
HDD: WD 1TB
Some screenshots of me just trying to open a new video on youtube:
Weird thing is the memory used by my processes doesn't seem to add up correctly (seeing as I have 16GB physically installed).
My 30 second windows performance recorder file:
Steps I've tried (will update this as I try more things):
1. Updated my BIOS to latest version
2. Updated all the important drivers like chipset, display, audio, network, usb 3.0, etc
3. Dism CheckHealth and ScanHealth (no faults/errors)
4. Windows update troubleshooter
5. Updated windows defender
6. Let my computer run overnight (it seems to have sped up slightly)
7. Windows memory diagnostic tool
8. Uninstalled all third party antivirus software
9. scf /scannow
10. Safe mode with and without networking (performance increases significantly and the problem seems to go away)
11. Full system scan with malwarebytes
12. Clean boot (disabling all msconfig services and task manager startup tasks) did not fix the performance issue
13. Reverted to the previous windows version (1803). CPU usage dropped from 100% to around ~70%, but my computer still feels very sluggish and CPU usage still reaches 100% when watching youtube videos for example. Memory usage dropped to around 30% though.
14. Ran chkdsk on my ssd and hdd
15. Defragged my hdd
16. Let my computer run for a second night. This resulted in a ~70% to ~30% CPU usage improvement. Youtube videos don't stutter anymore and CPU usage settles down to ~40% after watching a video for ten seconds.
17. Reset my PC using a fresh install of windows while keeping my personal files (computer went into a restart loop and then couldn't boot properly)
18. Wiped my SSD completely and reset my PC using a fresh install of windows (everything's finally back to normal)
During this whole process I've tried running pubg inbetween steps. I used to get a Kernel Security Check Failure BSoD, then I got a Page in Nonpaged Area BSoD, then my whole computer freezed whenever I started pubg, and now after the fresh install it's working again...