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Windows 7: Internet explorer taking up a lot of memory, also disable screensaver

20 Sep 2012   #1
wildpig1234

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Internet explorer taking up a lot of memory, also disable screensaver

Does this happen to someone else also? I usually have about half dozen IE windows opened at anytime. I might start a few more and then close a couples. But eventually I notice one or two if the IE processes start to use up several hundred MB ram up to eventually 1GB ram. When one of the IE processes hit the 1 GB ram mark, it's inevitable that one of the IE windows then stop functioning, as clicking the link you don't get any page loading. If i then shut down that process, then everything works again.

Once in a while, i notice that one of the IE process would reach high ram usage of hundred MB ram and the screen saver would stop coming on as well as the power setting for turning off screen would be disabled. This is even if there's no IE process running a video at that time. It's possible that i might have open IE to say view a video before but I know i close that IE process and yet this still happens. If i go and shut down all the IE processes that seem to take a lot of mem, then screen saver comes on again.

Any fix for this? I imagine that this also affects other browsers as well?


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21 Sep 2012   #2
wildpig1234

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Hard to believe i am the only one experiencing this??? anyone else?
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21 Sep 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

a - what's the problem? Do you want to save RAM for a rainy day.
b - the easy fix is to restrict the number of IE instances.
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04 Jan 2013   #4
fielfuego

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 
I'd call it solved.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wildpig1234 View Post
Hard to believe i am the only one experiencing this??? anyone else?
Yes I have!! I've experienced the exact same problem in the past couple of days. For work purposes-- mostly auto-launches from other apps-- my default browser is still IE.
But for research and other multi-tab browsing, I agree with WHS's solution:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
a - what's the problem? Do you want to save RAM for a rainy day.
b - the easy fix is to restrict the number of IE instances.
Since switching the majority of my tabs to Chrome-- reducing IE instances to between 0 and ~2 at any given time-- this problem seems to have gone away.
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