Running computer at 98% Ram used from start

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I am running a laptop that has a small issue, something is eating all of its ram... Not sure what's causing it... I've had it for 3 years

Its a windows 7 dell laptop...

I hardly use it other than to power the speakers and charge my Iphone... I do use it for a few other things but nothing too taxing.

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Have you looked at Task Manager, and reviewed the list of running of running Applications (under Applications Tab)?

Do you see any unusual ones?

Does this pc have a fully updated/current antivirus app? and when did you do the last scan?

Ditto with MBAM ......

It is not unsual for the RAM or cpu usage to flux over time. But if pc is essentially idle (and no scheduled scans are running) the Performance tab display should be rather static.

Press Windows-key on keyboard. In search box, type in system information click on it. See if you can copy system information summary.

Click on the Software Environment element and then Startup Programs link on the left-side pane.

Copy the list of startup applications.

How much physical RAM memory does this pc have? and reply to my other questions.

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4 gigs of ram.

Something's up because I checked the resource monitor and it was full of modified memory.

Just ran a scan last night with avast nothing was found...

No unusual tasks.


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You should try (once) moving these programs "out" of being started with each Windows startup:


MS messenger

Open Office

Photoshop Elements


Then restart the system fresh.

Do a couple of online scans at one of the following, and see if anything is detected.

ESET Online Scanner

BitDefender Quickscan

Trend Micro Housecall

F-Secure Online Scanner

Panda ActiveScan

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The lid ?? If this is a notebook, closing the lid will typically put it in hibernate or sleep.

At the end-of-the-day, or if you are done using it, you should do a Shutdown. Windows key >> Shutdown.

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well when it wakes up from hibernate its at an insane usage... Yesterday it was at 88 and I tried to install updates thinking that might have been it...

Guess it wasn't a glitch...

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hmmm ...

it may be that when it "wakes up" it is calling for updates to some programs (like the AV/AM) , trying to load and bring MS Messenger up to speed , etc .

this will cause high ram usage for a short period of time and cause the comp to be slowed down a bit .

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In Task Manager, have it "Show processes from all users" and you'll likely find the culprit.

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I thought the problem was solved. My brother was able to use it yesterday without the RAM shooting up to high heaven.

It was only on for about 9 hours and the ram went back up to about 80% with only MSN running.

I thought it had an overheating problem... Since the computer has a problem where the vent is blocked by its own monitor.

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Sorry to double post, can't figure out how to edit... I think I figured it out again... I wonder if it could be the firewall?

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You need to sort Task Manager by RAM usage. It will show you which applications are eating up RAM.

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I also provided you with links in post 13 to all kinds of tools from Microsoft to track down the issue.

If you want direct further help then you need to have physical access to the computer for an extended period of days to work on this issue.

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I checked it, what ever it is isn't showing up on the list... I even got rid of its fire wall and used windows firewall.

I used Rammap and something is modifying the ram at 1.4million k

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