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#1 Dw_Ill_Go_Ez

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

Ok, I have just bought a new computer. It has Windows 7, 2.67Ghz i5, 450GB HD, and 4GB RAM. I am getting crazy surges in my Memory usage. I have been reading that the bloatware that comes with the computer (sony vaio stuff) can contribute to this (you may notice there are 99 processes). This surge (picture) occurred when I opened chrome but it was listed as using up around 25MB, which was also the largest program by memory usage. Can someone please explain how I can lower my memory usage? It has surged to 100% a couple of times before and i have only had this computer for 2 days! The computer averages 65% when I am simply surfing the web.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:52 PM

Please perform the following, so that we can get the exact specs of your computer. This will better assist us in helping you more.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:07 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/U8JH736mRVEVOXZzz2sKEUs

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:21 PM

I see you have no Anti-Virus on your machine, and you can stop the VAIO services from running.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:36 PM

Do I use msconfig to stop the services? I'm running the trial version of norton at the moment. I'm not sure which anti-virus to get. I think my other computer caught a rootkit and it was running MSE. Wierd thing is that TDSS killer said that I had none. Thanks for helping me.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:39 PM

I use Microsoft Security Essentials and have had no issues. Malware can be hidden from anti-virus and other security oriented tools.

I would recommend using Services via Administrative Tools in Control Panel.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:27 AM

Found the problem! I wasn't showing the processes from all users in Task Manager. No wonder svchost was missing. What was causing the surge in memory usage was Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. It would take up nearly 2.5 gigs at times. Thanks for your time. I went ahead and blocked the service.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:29 AM

Is Windows Media Player Updated? Along with all other applications?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:31 AM

Yes. It says it is the most recent.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:35 AM

I see in your speccy that you are not using SP1 for Windows 7. I would highly recommend getting it.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:45 AM

Will do. Thank you for the advice.




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