Windows 7 High ram usage from nothing

Ultimate Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
September 18, 2011 at 04:55:49
Specs: Windows 7, E8400, 4GB
Hi all,
I have a 32 bit OS so the available ram maxed out at 3gb. A few days ago (seem like after a windows update) I began encountering instances where I tried to open my browser only for a window to pop up saying something similar to not enough resources to open program, strangest thing is that the same happened when I tried to open Task Manager.

I had Bitcomet running so I closed it and that seem to have cleared enough ram for me to open Task manager and browser.
After a restart, I opened task manager and made sure no unnecessary programs are running, there were none.
I did the math and everything in Processes added up to some 300 or so MB, however when I switch to the Performance tab it shows my Memory usage as 1.72 GB!?
Even if I go into Resource monitor and add up everything in Memory tab, it still only added up to 1.3 GB, so something is eating up about 500MB of my ram.

My question is, is there any way to find out what's doing this?

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September 18, 2011 at 05:15:21
Try Process Explorer from Microsoft and see if it will give you more information on what is running on your system.

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September 18, 2011 at 05:51:59
Did you turn off page file ? If yes, turn it on. When you look at the Processes tab in Task Manger, you see processes of one user only, you should click Show all processes from all users button in the bottom left of the window to see all processes and make the calculation accordingly.

If you still continue to get the same message, then you may have a leaking memory problem due to a badly-coded program.


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September 18, 2011 at 10:19:48
If you are running torrents and other stolen stuff, I'd guess you have malware installed. A rootkit or other issues could be using your resources. All those places are full of malware. If I ever use them I have to create a special system and delete that system on end. They are just that dangerous of sites and systems to be using on a home computer.

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