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Physical Memory increases to 98% over a few days


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#1 murphey317

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:14 AM

Upon booting up, I notice Vista's CPU Meter gadget, the Physical Memory portion starts around 50% (the CPU meter itself is not an issue, around .1%). If I leave the computer on for a few days, the meter will eventually get to about 98%. In addition, my computer's harddrive light is constantly doing something, and resembles a non-stop MORSE code message.

When looking at TaskManager, I don't see anything out of the ordinary. I use AVG free and I ran Malwarebyte's Anti-Spyware, both not showing any issues.

The only thing I can think is a few weeks back, I installed AeroSnap, to emulate Win7's snap feature. I have since uninstalled, but this issue is still around, so I don't know if that program caused the problem.

Please help..?

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:53 AM

*** Sorry, I realized this is posted in the wrong forum.

Should I post again in Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs or will a mod do it?

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:55 PM

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")



Download Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx
Unzip ProcessExplorer.zip, and double click on procexp.exe to run the program.
Click on View > Select Colunms.
In addition to already pre-selected options, make sure, the Command Line is selected, and press OK.
Go File>Save As, and save the report as Procexp.txt.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 11:13 AM

OS: Vista Home Premium SP2 (x64)
Processor: Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9300 2.5Ghz
RAM: 4Gb
Free Space: 244Gb free/465Gb total

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 04:30 PM

Your CPU usage looks perfectly normal.
System Idle Process (CPU NOT used) is listed at 94.62%.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 04:51 PM

That's sort of the thing... The CPU usage is fine, it's the physical memory that has me concerned. I don't see anything that looks like is working hard, but when I look at the gadget, it shows hovering around 60-70%, and if I leave the computer on for a few days, it will increase to 90%+ (at which point the computer is extremely slow, having me reboot).

I'll monitor this the next few days, and if it was just a quirk, I'll leave it alone. If it continues to be an issue, I'll revisit (unless you have a suggestion).

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 05:24 PM

Vista RAM handling is very different, than in previous Windows versions.
You can read more about it here: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2006/09/w...-my-memory.html

However 90% doesn't look normal.
How much RAM do you have?

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 05:28 PM

Hello,

I am just another human on this site, NOT an advisor.

This same thing happened to me a few weeks ago, after applying a Windows Update to my (Vista 64bit) PC. I would boot my PC. Within 30 minutes it was unresponsive, even if I had not used it for anything. No browsers, no IM, no email, nothing at all. It would not have enough memory left over to move a cursor.

It turned out for me, that the Update broke my Memeo Backup software to the point where it rendered my computer unusable. Since it was normal for the backup to run in the background, this did not seem a red flag to me. While inspecting for malware, I turned off my external backup drive. The backup process was still absorbing 5.94 GB of physical memory! After checking forums for similar problems, I found and installed an urgent update for my Memeo backup.

Now my system can once again be used as well as before. Hope this might help.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 06:04 PM

I have 4gb installed.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 06:08 PM

Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx
No installation required.
Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
You must select Text from drop-down menu as a file type:

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 10:16 AM

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 06:33 PM

Couple of things, you can try...

1. AVG is known resource hog. I'd uninstall it, using AVG Remover: http://www.avg.com/us-en/download-tools and I'd go for something lighter:
- Avast! free antivirus: http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html3
or...
- Avira free antivirus: http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira..._antivirus.html

2. Another hog - Acrobat Reader...
I recommend, you unistall Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a resource hog, and install FoxIt Reader: http://www.filehippo.com/download_foxit/, which is much smaller, and faster. It does very same thing.
Make sure, you run "custom" install, and opt out from installing any extra toolbars.

3. Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.

4. Disable unnecessary startups (no actual programs will be removed).
Re-run Autoruns, click on "Logon" tab and UN-check:

+ "BrMfcWnd"
+ "ControlCenter3"
+ "SunJavaUpdateSched"
+ "UpdReg"
+ "MagicDisc.lnk"
+ "WinMySQLadmin.lnk"
+ "WMPNSCFG"


Restart computer.

Run it for couple of days and report on progress.

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 01:27 PM

So, it has been a few weeks since the last post. After following the previous instructions, I was hoping to have better progress, but unfortunately I don't.

I am getting the same result: normal cpu usage but memory is up to 90%. I haven't been using this pc very much, since I have a laptop to use instead. When I boot up the pc, memory hovers around 40% and the harddisk is running constantly for well over an hour or so but I'm not sure why. Then, as days go on, memory increases.

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 01:37 PM

Can you post some screenshots of Process Explorer with any and all processes expanded out?

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 02:22 PM

Can you post another log from Process Explorer?

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