Best protection for least memory usage?
Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:15 PM
The problem I now have, though, is that even with memory optimizers I constantly run out of memory when running my computer. I would like to see if there is a free replacement for what these tools do that takes up less memory. I have access to a free version of McAffee through my school, but otherwise must rely on normal freeware.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:22 PM
The problem I now have, though, is that even with memory optimizers I constantly run out of memory when running my computer.
Can you please tell us how you know you "run out of memory"?
Is it because said memory optimizers tell you you've run out of memory?
Or do you get a Windows warning (which one exactly)?
Or does your computer get really slow, and you explain this by "running out of memory"?
Edited by Didier Stevens, 20 January 2011 - 02:23 PM.
Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:23 PM
And then I have to wait because my programs won't do anything while that's happening. Once it's done, I tend to have data disappear on internet pages I'm viewing, like pictures and icons disappearing, which also happens on my web browser too. (I mean that I'll switch to a different tab and part of the background of the browser will disappear along with the icon pictures for the back button, reload, etc. even if they are still clickable, and on the page itself, peoples' user pics, the background, comic pages, and other stuff like that disappears as well).
If it gets REALLY bad, I restart my computer.
Edited by wordforger, 20 January 2011 - 03:33 PM.
Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:38 PM
If you start Task Manager and go to the Processes tab, and sort the processes by Memory Usage, you'll probably see that Firefox is on top. With all its tabs and add-ons, Firefox can eat up a lot of memory, much more than your security tools.
So reducing the memory footprint of your security tools won't probably help, as FF is using the most memory.
Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:51 PM
While some will argue as to the effectiveness of Zone Alarm it can be a bit of a resource hog. Firefox as well.
The simplest though not cheapest fix would be adding more RAM (memory) if your system supports it. Doing this would also reduce the wear and tear on your hard drive where your Virtual Memory resides.
But that would be another topic for the System Building and Upgrade forum.
Posted 20 January 2011 - 04:09 PM
I second that. And most importantly, Mark Russinovich says the same.
IMO. Most memory optimizers are "snake oil". Meaning they do nothing but add another process that only eats up more memory.
That's why I asked about the symptoms.
In this case, adding memory is certainly the solution, but when I read "old laptop", I fear it won't be easy.
The simplest though not cheapest fix would be adding more RAM (memory) if your system supports it.
Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:17 AM
Maybe this thread helps you http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=291332
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