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Windows 7: Sidebar Memory Issues (Svchost.exe)

17 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Sidebar Memory Issues (Svchost.exe)

I am having an issue with physical memory being grabbed/hogged. I find that up to 75% of my 4GBs is being used by sidebar and svchost.exe. This memory leak ocurs even with only one gadget running. Also, the memory is not all taken all at once it is a slow process. I can reclaim this memory by closing all of my gadgets and by using Process Explorer to kill the offending svchost process. I am running a fairly fresh install (New Machine) of Windows 7 64bit, AMD Athon II X4 630 process, 4GB of ram.

I have Ran virus scans, Malaware bytes and Hitman Pro and found nothing. A reboot of system restores the memory as well. I am not sure where to turn next. I don't have any gadgets running now so that problem has a band-aide, but the svchost issue continues.

Thank you for any help offered.

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17 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Do you have IE9 installed? For some reason it causes a massive memory leak in svchost.exe and sidebar.exe. I had the same problem as early as yesterday on both my Vista and 7 installs. After removing IE9, the memory usage went back to normal.
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17 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hello all

Do you use the 'All CPU Meter' Gadget?

If so then there is a new version (3.4) which apparantly fixes an issue with IE9 and a Memory Leak.

Hope this helps.

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17 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Both of these replies are true: I just installed IE9 and I am using a older version of All CPU Gadget. I will try the update gadget first and then move on to uninstall IE9. Thank you very much for the great suggestions.
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18 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

This issue is resolved. Updating All CPU Gadget fixed the problem and I did not have to uninstall IE9 RC1. BTW you can not get the current version of the ALL CPU Gadget from Windows Live Gallery. I had to get it from Thank you for the help.
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