Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear
You are not stopping these things you are just telling them not to start at boot and run in the background.
Thanks for the reply.
I don't want to be rude, but I need to establish something so this doesn't become a 10 page thread. Please bear with me and don't get offended. I appreciate your willingness to help and I am open to all advice. We just need to jump to more advanced solutions and skip basic ones.
What I want to establish is that I have been fixing computers for the past 20 years and I am a computer engineer programmer and build software. So you can understand that I am well familiar with startup services and processes (I program them myself!) so you can be sure that I have thoroughly checked this but to no avail.
Please understand that I am writing this out of respect for you and any other that might try to help, but what I'm saying is that we can skip things like "restart your computer", "do a sfc scan", "scan for malware", etc...
If this was happening with ONE software only, I would suspect that the issue would be with the software coding in that it's not releasing itself from RAM when it exits. But since it's with lots of programs (that I have used before - even on this computer) I suspect that it's something else that's keeping threads in RAM. I have tried uninstalling all software, codecs, updates, and more, that have been installed on the computer since the problem but it didn't help. I do not want to restore the computer to 3 months ago (although I can since I use 3rd party backup software and make a backup every 2 weeks and save up to 6 months of these).
This is not a simple problem and it really can only be solved if someone had experienced this before.
Again, thanks for your help and your time and please understand me.