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DAVID DAVIS asked on March 3, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Explorer Eating All Memory

» Something is really making use of explorer to do a scan every day or two and consume a most of memory.


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» At times, when the computer is in the process of loading and the response is very sluggish, you may find the cause of the problem by looking at the Task Manager.

In a test set-up, after carrying out a thorough check-up, it was found that over 450MB of memory was running with over 400K page faults and counting. The page file usage had run out to the maximum at 1.32G, with 512MB memory, the computer being a 1.6GHz P4 having 1GB fixed size page file, and two hard drives, running with XP SP2. The process of moving the file was tried but with no success, and it was difficult to get away with Explorer.exe freezing up.

At the end of the process, it was discovered that the desktop freezes, but clings to the page file and the memory. However, it could be rectified with the usage of Process Explorer from System internals. It was also found that normal operations could be restored by destroying the initial explorer usage of Task Manager, and another explorer had to be commenced.

You do not find anything relevant in the logging event until it is started next time. In such a situation, you must realize that there is a corrupted file in the system. You have to devise a way to fix the problem without re-imaging. In this case, just choose DLL Suite, an easy and reliable way to fix a corrupted system file or any exe virus infection issue.

GREG HUNT replied on March 8, 2013


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  1. LADA MOLODETSKY replied on March 3, 2013: » Use check disk utility

    Open the "Computer" window

    Right-click on the drive in question

    Select the "Tools" tab

    In the Error-checking area, click .

  2. PAUL GILSON replied on March 3, 2013: » Here are some notes about Event Viewer Reports which may help. When you have a lot of errors you need to concentrate on system errors and warnings, even if it is applications that are giving you grief. Sorting system problems first can make resolving application problems easier. Note the time the computer is last booted and deal with those at the beginning of the boot first. Correcting the earlier errors can resolve later ones.

  3. DAVID DAVIS replied on March 4, 2013: » I think it is search related...because even though search doesn't search my network, other things do -- like media player and security scanner -- and they don't work efficiently with the normal search function begin disabled over networks. But I don't know what might have changed a month ago...other than last MS updates...

  4. MATTHEW MARCHITTO replied on March 5, 2013: » You're describing a memory leak. A programme that, even when closed, does not return allocated memory for reuse. The only way to get memory back is to shut down the computer. Try Googling your programs one by one coupled with "memory leak" and see if any generate a lot of responses.

    Do you have any old program. A favoured old game could be the culprit.

  5. RAFAEL DAVILA replied on March 7, 2013: » It's Explorer.exe that's the culprit. The main desktop program -- not any sub explorers launch for folders. No way a 32-bit game or most any other prog should be affecting explorer except through it's programmed interfaces -- unless, it is a driver or a DLL that gets injected (like .Net DLL's), among others(Trojan:Win32/DyCode.A).

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