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Windows 7: Memory Creep

02 Sep 2010   #1
dgebow

Windows 7 home
 
 
Memory Creep

Last week, I had an issue where I had 8GB of RAM, but only 3 was being used. We fixed that with a setting in MSCONFIG.

Now, my RAM use starts low (2GB) and over a 4 yr period, it creeps up to 7GB, even at idle. Its more than superfetch, becuase the whole computer slows to a snails pace.

I've tried turning off different known memory hogs (McAfee, CHROME), still no use. I've run all the AV scans...no luck.

I presume it must be a setting for x64? Any suggestions of a checklist I should look into?




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02 Sep 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

It is one of your applications you have installed. Antivirus software is one of the common occurrences.
Uninstall Mcafee completely. (I would recommend even if it wasn't causing a problem.)
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02 Sep 2010   #3
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Agreed. Take a look at resmon (memory tab) to get an indication of which applications are consuming resources. That's an awful lot of CPU activity too, although if you're swapping data in and out of the paging file that's more likely the cause of the slowdowns than a pegged CPU.
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02 Sep 2010   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
It is one of your applications you have installed. Antivirus software is one of the common occurrences.
Uninstall Mcafee completely. (I would recommend even if it wasn't causing a problem.)
+1 Agree completely.

I would go with MSE for anti virus, but make sure that you download it from the official Microsoft website.
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02 Sep 2010   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

136 running processes. Seems quite excessive to be at idle.

What all do you have running ATM?
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02 Sep 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Have you given thought to a full anti virus scan and a full scan with malwarebytes?
When using Malwarebytes, be sure to update first.
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03 Sep 2010   #7
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I can't offer a technical explanation but over time you get bits of temporary folders, unused clusters, application update data and all sorts of other garbage left on your system as well as some system programs databases themselves becoming larger.

It might be time to do an early "Spring clean" of your system -- Fresh install with latest updates and only re-install applications you are actually using.

Backup any USER DATA before doing this of course.

I really doubt that this particular issue is caused by an infected system --you'd probably have discovered that a long while ago if you'd had one.

I don't on the whole recommend re-installing the OS unless you really have to but in this case it might be a good idea as you can re-format your disks too to ensure there's no wasted partition space either.

Cheers
jimbo
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03 Sep 2010   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That may be, but it might be useful to figure out what is causing this before the OP reinstalls everything. What are the odds the OP has done something to cause this, and would reinstall everything and use the PC the same way, and end up in the same boat in <insert time here>? That wouldn't be good...
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05 Sep 2010   #9
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
136 running processes. Seems quite excessive to be at idle.

What all do you have running ATM?
Excellent question! I wonder if Services has been purged for unneeded processes that are running like this at startup? And what about the 10,192 MB that the kernel has paged out at less than 5 minutes uptime?

~Maxx~
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05 Sep 2010   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It seems to me that you have some malware on your box? Are you certain your copy of the OS is legit?
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