I have Malwarebytes and MSE installed, I can't see any viruses or anything during scans, and everything seems to run fine with the computer with one exception.
When windows starts, the internet connection shows itself as busy, like it is trying to refresh, and MSE shows NOT PROTECTED. This continues for over 1 minute, possibly close to 2 minutes. Then they activate and everything is fine.
I have looked through my task manager, and I didn't notice anything odd, but this issue has me perplexed.
I am connecting directly to my router, this is a recent windows install (I did everything right).
Another thing I will mention, Intel RSTe also takes a little while to activate. Seems like it is not active for about 2 minutes, then it suddenly activates.
I searched, but everything I found had to do with performance issues, and that is obviously not my issue. The delay is the only thing that is burdening me, and I just want to verify that my computer is not compromised in any way.
Also, I have lurked for a long time here, this is an amazing forum with amazing people, thanks so much for all the help you've given me over the years.