thanks for the reply, I've done all you asked and here are the results; Driver
Verifier said no settings were changed when I turned it off so maybe it was already turned off, but in any case, it definitely is off now
SFC / Scannow came back without any integrity violations
With the driver, my motherboard is a bit old, so that's the latest one from the Management Engine Driver unfortunately. Any ideas on what I can try next?
Update: I was able to update the HECIx64 driver by installing the newest version of Intel Desktop Utilities. The driver's now dated at 2010