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Low virtual memory & bad lagging


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#1 Gordana

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:27 AM

Hi!

I know I will have to reformate my laptop asap (multiple infection with all sorts of malwares,2 of them has been root kits,although it looks clean now) ,but I am wondering if something from this could be detected.

Here and there I got message (windows XP )

"Your system is low on virtual memory. Windows is increasing the size of your virtual memory paging file." right after start .

Today laptop was running quiet well,when it start lagging badly .

I took a screen shot, but that does not help me at all ! Can someone who understand this take a look and eventually find a reason of periodical bad lagging!

Thank you very much !

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:51 AM

None of the processes look bad, but that does not mean there is something else that is not shown using up resources. When reboot this should clear it up again. How long after a reboot does it take till you get the lack of resources error?

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:28 AM

5 minutes,as soon as my desktop is up,antivirus tray is showing up,(i still do not see clock,msn messenger try or anything else,in that stage I can't open anything still (like Start...)

Not quiet positive,but as far as I can remember,that high values has IE and msn messenger only,yesterday.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:37 AM

Something is using up the memory obviously. I would download process explorer from here and see if that can shine any light as to what is using the resources:

http://live.sysinternals.com/procexp.exe

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:07 AM

Ermm,sorry,I am totally illiterate with this! So --->

(some values varies )



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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:19 AM

We need to enable memory use. Click on the View menu and then select Select Columns. Then click on the Process memory tab and put a checkmark next to the following:

Page Faults
Working Set Size

Then press ok. You may need to adjusts the column sizes till you see the three new ones. This shows which are using the most memory and the amount of page faults that shows how often virtual memory is used for a particular process. Using these numbers you can find what process is killing the machine, unless it is a hidden malware process.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:38 AM

Sorry,it has to go this way :thumbsup: (but,3 new one?I can see just 2 )

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:45 AM

Not seeing anything that crazy. How much memory do you have?

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:46 AM

256 MB,(according to my son)

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Celeron® CPU 2.00GHZ
1.99 GHz 224 MB RAM


Physical Memory (K)
Total 228,848
Avalable 60,984 (+ -)
System Cache 79,032

Edited by Gordana, 21 July 2009 - 11:55 AM.


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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:01 PM

I have to say that 256MB is awfully small these days for a computer. Newer and newer versions of programs just use more and more memory. Have you installed any newer versions of anti-malware programs?

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:13 PM

Well,yes,spybot s&d.ad aware se,[ComboFix,MalwareBytes,RootRepeal(+ Z7456)] plus I got unwonted Java which I can't uninstall any more,updated windows into SP 3- but such bad lagging came after multiple infection,(and not all the time after get ride of last Worm ),which suppose to be cleaned up )...

OK, thank you very much I feel bad taking your time!

I will see what I will get after reformatting laptop and eventually adding more RAM .

Thank you for your help here!!! (I couldn't do that without you!) :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:46 PM

Sorry I couldnt help more. My guess is if you added more memory your problems would go away. Thankfully memory is relatively cheap these days.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 01:08 PM

Sorry I couldnt help more. My guess is if you added more memory your problems would go away. Thankfully memory is relatively cheap these days.



Yes,you did help !!! (Now I know what is NOT issue with it!

And,yes it is,but the question is would I be able to find what I need for this old,poor (beeing in my hands :thumbsup: ) laptop!
Thank you! :flowers:

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:22 PM

Ack laptops are always a pain. What is your brand and model and I will see what I can find for ya.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:26 AM

Hi again,Grinler and thank you for helping me ! :thumbsup:

I got update on previous posts. Seems I disabled spybot yesterday before I took screen shoots .I got Low virtual memory this morning again,took eternety for laptop to be up & was going nowhere ;shame I didn't took a ss ,but here what I've noticed


''fault'' for TeaTimer has been over 1 000 000 K,later the same for spybot after I disabled TeaTimer . Is that " crazy"?

(After restarting I got 'normal' values for it )

Now,I know there is a thread how to disable spybot and ad aware automatically to start ,but I am a bit lost in this big forum and can't find it now when I need it,would you be so kind and provide me the link ?! (Even when I disable real time scan for those 2 , it happen they start again after while by themselves ).

Ack laptops are always a pain. What is your brand and model and I will see what I can find for ya.


Ha!This is what I am trying to find out myself for some time !!!


It is Gericom ,intel® Celeron® CPU 200 GHZ

full name: xz-C40vxvdtir8z

MSHOME

disk drivers TOSHIBA MK2016GAP


but,when I try to google it I can't find anything! :S

Regards, :flowers:




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