I have let so many issues build to the point almost to the point where I don’t know where to start, however I will try to limit this query to one of most troublesome of the bunch…
According to several different “gadget” CPU meters, and my accompanying vacant stare, my RAM & CPU usage is off the scale most of the time. The problem ranges from sluggish, to frozen, to complete program failure. Using Process Explorer, I have identified and stopped most of the recognizable process/service memory pigs and extraneous startup programs/services with modest success.
Relatively high demand programs such as MS Outlook Enterprise 7 will ramp its RAM usage up to 500 MB and iexplore.exe can hit 250 MB with ease. Without opening IE8, it is not unusual to have 2-10 “iexplore.exe” processes listed as running with widely ranging demands on processing power. Several other “critical” MS processes are similarly affected. The single biggest collective offender seems to be ‘svchost.exe ‘processes, of which at least 15 are running as I type.
If I create another user (with or without administrative authority), they run perfectly well for a few days or so, and then begin to succumb.
I have tried Sophos, CA and Kaspersky internet security suites with varying results, but never uncovered a smoking gun. Have dabbled with Malewarebytes Anti-Malware, Ad-Aware, Glary’s, Spybot, etc, but they seems to offer only superficial assistance. They lack the heft I seek to snare the White Whale I am certain lies deep. Nice bells and whistles though. I have since returned to MS Security Essentials.
So far, Windows 7 Ultimate has been quite good at fixing itself. At least for a while.
In response, I have either done or refrained from doing some of the following:
1. managed add-ons
2. with just enough knowledge of the registry to hang myself, without specific instructions, it remains generally off-limits
3. limited or killed many optional startups
4. use CCleaner almost obsessively
5. defrag regularly enough to remain at or below 2-3%
6. done the hokey- pokey AND spun myself around
…and several additional well-intended solutions.
In the interest of time and space, I will end this is disjointed request with my plea, which is not so much completed as abandoned….
Thank you very much for any assistance and a Happy Holiday season!
- Robert 1117
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.66GHz, 2660 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. 2.3.2, 3/30/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.95 GB
Total Virtual Memory 5.93 GB
Available Virtual Memory 4.73 GB
Page File Space 2.93 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
(Oh…I have almost zero experience with forum. If I commit a simple or egregious affront to protocol, bring it to my attention by all means; but please do try to be kind. Also, allow me to apologize in advance for the worst offences. )