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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, "memory leak," according to Wikipedia, it "occurs when a computer program consumes memory, but is unable to release it back to the operating system," which often leads to poor system performance because it reduces the amount of available memory. Memory leaks are difficult to pinpoint, especially when our systems have processed multiple applications--any random number of programs can be the cause. As members mentioned, memory leaks can be caused by a range of culprits from the antivirus utility to the browser you use. So is it solvable? There's really no one way to solve it, but a quick solution suggested by many of our members is to reboot the system daily to clear the system memory. Or if you're up to the task, you can meticulously document each application opened and closed to see what eventually causes the system to start bogging down--but that's a big job. Unfortunately, no one in our audience has really mentioned a specific memory detection app, but if any of you out there has one, please come join us in the discussion and post it. I have selected a few recommendations from our members in the Q&A section to get you started, but for the whole picture, please check out the entire discussion to see what our members have shared with us on this topic. Thanks, everyone, for your time and contributions! Have a great weekend.
My system is dragging; do I have a memory leak?
I am looking for some good and relatively simple software I
can use to detect a memory leak. I'm running Windows 7 and I
have to reboot every other day or my physical memory gets too
high and significantly slows down the PC. I have used Process
Explorer but can't find programs with exceptionally high
usage. Everything looks normal.
In fact, it almost seems like Windows is using up memory
somehow, but doesn't know it, because it doesn't seem like
all the running processes add up to the total amount of
physical memory in use. Do I have a memory leak somewhere?
How can I tell? Any advice or tips to help me solve this
mystery would be appreciated.
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What's the latest in wireless router technology? Hope your members can help me. My D-Link b/g wireless router of 7 years finally is heading south (randomly turns off) and it's time to shop for a new one. I haven't been keeping up with all the latest and greatest router technology and I'm not keen on the entire wireless set up as the previous one was set up by a co-worker. I believe when I got my router 'g' speed was the fastest. What letters are they up to now, are we at Z? LOL. I'm sure it's much faster now, and I hear of 'n' technology. Is this the standard now? Are there any draw back of going this route--pros and cons? Is signal strength better (I'm not getting a good signal with my current one.)? How much speed difference would I see going to 'n'? Are there new features built in? Is it more secure? More costly, or should I just go ahead and buy another 'g' router. Also if all my wireless connections are b/g compatible, will getting a 'n' wireless router be completely useless as I won't be using the full potential of the router speed. Sorry I have so many questions, I'm just completely out of the loop and a bit lost. Please help educate this 61 year old geezer. Much appreciated.
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