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Windows 7: Too much memory being used. What can I do?

18 Mar 2013   #1
mia928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Too much memory being used. What can I do?

Hello, I've noticed that my RAM usage has gone up by a lot randomly. It used to not be using much at all when I had lots of things open, but now, even with nothing opened (other than my browser), it is using 1.74GB out of 3GB.
Can someone help me situate the problem? Or should I simply buy some more RAM? I've been trying to play Sims 3 and it's been painfully slow...

My computer has 2 free slots and it can handle up to 8GB of RAM, so I figured I could get 2X2GB to have 7GB total.

Thanks in advance!




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18 Mar 2013   #2
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Have you recently updated Java and/or Firefox?
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18 Mar 2013   #3
mia928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I just updated Java yesterday or the day before actually.
And Firefox updates itself, so I'm not sure when was the last time.
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18 Mar 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I had a problem recently where my memory usage went up for no reason.....and when I closed everything, instead of going down to normal, it stayed the same. Turned out to be a Java/Firefox problem.

You might start with a virus/malware scan to make sure that isn't what is using your memory.
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18 Mar 2013   #5
mia928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I did a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials yesterday when I noticed the high RAM and it came out completely clean.
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18 Mar 2013   #6
x BlueRobot

 

I know, FireFox has some memory leak problems in one of it's browser versions, and I'm not sure if it was ever patched fully. Have you tried using a different browser?

Please post a screenshot of Resource Monitor:

Start > Type: Resource Monitor > Accept UAC prompt (if it appears) > Memory
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18 Mar 2013   #7
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Also, do you remember if you did anything, such as an install, upgrade, etc about the same time the problem started?
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18 Mar 2013   #8
mia928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
I know, FireFox has some memory leak problems in one of it's browser versions, and I'm not sure if it was ever patched fully. Have you tried using a different browser?

Please post a screenshot of Resource Monitor:

Start > Type: Resource Monitor > Accept UAC prompt (if it appears) > Memory
I haven't tried any other browsers. I think I still have Internet Explorer, though.
My Firefox is at version 19.0.2 if that helps. It says it's up to date.

EDIT: I closed Firefox, and the RAM went down to 1.14GB with nothing opened. :/


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18 Mar 2013   #9
mia928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Also, do you remember if you did anything, such as an install, upgrade, etc about the same time the problem started?
Uhm...recently I've downloaded quite a few movies (utorrent) and a mp3 file converter a couple of weeks back, but I deleted that program when I was done with it. Other than that.. I'm not too sure.
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18 Mar 2013   #10
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

To find out if it's a Java/Firefox issue, you could uninstall all instances of Java in Control Panel> Programs and Features. If that doesn't fix it, you can always reinstall Java.
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