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Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) leaking between 1 - 4.5 gb of memory and 10-100%

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:07 PM

Have never encountered an issue like this before, but for some reason, as of a few days ago, explorer.exe was leaking like crazy - up to 4.5 gb of ram. It has recently died down to anywhere between 200mb and 4.5gb - but it's still acting up and using up a lot of my PCs resources. I initially thought it was probably just malware, etc. so I ran Malwarebytes and SUPERantiSpyware both in safemode and in a normal boot and it didn't fix the issue. So I posted a thread on reddit asking for help but only got a couple responses that were helpful but did not fix the issue either.


Here's a link: http://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/comments/2qjzyl/windows_explorer_explorerexe_leaking_between_1_45/


So I did a little bit more research and it brought me to this website to download AdwCleaner and thought I'd check out the forum.


Well, I ran AdwCleaner, JRT, rKill, TDSS, AND ComboFix and it's still leaking. So I'm just wondering if it's not even related to malicious software.


I have been considering just rebuilding a new PC but money is an issue right now so that will have to wait. I've also considered doing a system restore but I have no restore points and I would really like to keep the stuff I have on my current C: drive at least until I build a new PC and can just go through all my junk.


Any help is much appreciated as I really do not know what to do at this point. Thank you!


EDIT: Moved topic from Win 7 to more appropriate forum due to ComboFix run 


Edited by Stolen, 30 December 2014 - 10:19 PM.

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