I'm having an issue with my laptop running extremely slowly. I think I've tracked down the issue to one of the svchost.exe processes eating up pretty much all of the available memory. Here's the symptoms:
Windows 7 machine:
* Out of 2 GB memory, 1.80 to 1.85 GB of memory is constantly in use (per Task Manager); Physical Memory available is typically 80 MB (give or take a few)
* One of the svchost.exe processes is using between 300 and 500 MB of memory consistently. It is the one that runs Windows Update (which I've heard sometimes causes issues)
* This machine has only been up for about 4 hours.
In comparison, my Windows XP machine consistently has approximately 1 GB of memory available at any time (out of 4 GB), and the svchost.exe processes use around 150 MB of memory. This machine has been up for several days.
Am I on the right track? I'm not sure I'm infected with anything; if not, I'd like some thoughts on what we can get rid of so that the computer will respond better.
Thanks in advance for any help.