Your welcome.

1.) That is correct.

2.) Well, there is something going on with the USB3 hub that needs looked into (nusb3hub). Can you check with ASUS to see if there is an updated driver for it or if you know the vendor ASUS used you can try there like Driver Reference Table - nusb3hub.sys (renesas).

3.) The government injects malware?!? What?!? Just kiddin', maybe not.
Chances? I'd say 50-50. How sure are you about your machine being clean? Have you ran any scans? If not sure you should know the drill on how to check by now.