System using 94K memory

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
May 1, 2010 at 14:00:51
Specs: Windows XP Home SP3, Intel Pentium D CPU 3.20GHz/1.9GB Ram
Not sure how much it should be using....thinking 94k is an awful lot, plus with the memory message. Had EditPlus2, Thunderbird, FF open yesterday. Went to open Word, got the message there wasn't enough free memory (something to that effect). Checked Task Manager. Have run Spybot, Adaware, Malwarebytes and Iobit.
Thoughts appreciated! Lynn

System Information report written at: 05/01/10 15:52:39
System Name: USER-0D22277A01
[System Summary]

Item Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name USER-0D22277A01
System Manufacturer INTEL_
System Model D11020M_
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~3200 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. GC11020M.86A.1065.2006.0502.1638, 5/2/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name USER-0D22277A01\User
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 607.06 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.72 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys


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#1
May 1, 2010 at 18:03:47
I don't know where your 94k came from but that is miniscule - even 94M would be tiny. From your log it seems that you are using about 1440M (2,048.00 - 607.06) which does seem quite a bit. What is your RAM usage after just rebooting to the desktop?

Are you are running SpyBot "T-Timer" feature? It is a resource hog and a darned nuisance IMO.

Have you also run your Anti-Virus? Presumably you only have one active scanner running because more than one can use up RAM (they check each other).

Have a look at what background programs are running - too many of these can cause issues. Task Manager should help deduce this, also the number of icons next to the clock (including any hidden ones).



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#2
May 1, 2010 at 18:20:49
The 94K is what Task Manager is saying. So it isn't that much? Booting up into Safe Mode was 200ish. Big difference there. Yes, T Timer is running and it's a hog. 134,580. Yes, I run AVG daily. Along with Adaware or Malwarebytes (daily) and have just started using Iobit also. I am running a few (lol) background programs I'll admit....lol...but have never rec'd this low memory message before. Makes me think something is wrong??

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#3
May 1, 2010 at 18:33:34
94k (or even 94M) is so small that the computer wouldn't even be able to boot Windows. There's something wonky with that figure and it doesn't fit with the log. Mine shows 500M straight after bootup. Can you spell out exactly where and what heading you got this figure from in Task Manager?

Was "200ish" in Safe Mode also something you got from Task Manager?
You would expect to use less RAM in Safe Mode, not more.

I would turn off T-Timer because its more bother than it's worth (my opinion of-course but also the opinion of many if you Google around). The darned thing asks too many questions too LOL. SpyBot itself is OK tho.

Background programs can be useful but best kept to the minimum that you need. As said previously, your log shows you using 1440M RAM (out of 2048M) which does seem a bit excessive. This is why I asked what it showed straight after bootup.


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#4
May 1, 2010 at 18:53:28
Windows Task Manager:
Image Name: System
User Name: SYSTEM
CPU: 00
Mem Usage: 94,652K
Yes, the 200 figure is from Task Manager also. That is 200...not MB, not K...lol. If I recall correctly it was 240.

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#5
May 1, 2010 at 19:04:55
Sorry! Sorry! Just double checked....in Safe Mode System shows 208K. My mistake.

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#6
May 1, 2010 at 19:05:22
Aha, now I'm with you. That's the "system process" itself not the whole RAM usage as per your log. Nothing to worry about too much there, as I see it.

Word does use a lot of RAM so maybe it gobbled up a good part of the remaining 607.06 given in the log. It would be a good idea to try to reduce the overall RAM usage (background tasks etc).

It's way past bedtime here in UK so I have to go. Nip through my #3 again because I amended it here and there. Will be back tomorrow but in the meantime I expect you will get some advice from others.


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#7
May 1, 2010 at 19:17:11
Yup, it's quite late in the UK....3:00am ish I believe? I'll go back thru #3
Thanks for your help!

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#8
May 2, 2010 at 09:24:55
Iobit found Trojan-spy.Banker this morning. Obviously, removed it. Wondering....any connection to the problem I've been having..

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#10
May 2, 2010 at 10:12:02
Is it not okay to try and find solutions on more than one forum?

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#11
May 2, 2010 at 12:27:11
lynwlms

Seems like you are getting fairly similar queries and responses on the other forum.

I think the immediate answer to your question on here is that the entry in Task Manager for the "system process" is nothing to worry about.

The trojan could easily account for some of your problems and maybe some part of your 1440M of RAM usage, which is quite high. This view seems to be shared by the other forum. Off the top of my head, "from boot up" I would be concerned if the RAM usage logged was as high as 1000M, unless you have one heck of a lot starting up.

If your system is now clear of Trojans/Viruses then it will probably behave itself. Other than that, it is a case of pruning out background programs to see if that reduces RAM usage. Not much more I can add without duplicating what you are getting elsewhere.

EDIT
No problems posting your query around so long as you let everyone know the final outcome - forums like to know how folk got on.


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#12
May 2, 2010 at 12:55:06
Thanks Derek! Here's what my systems looks like after removing the trojan....seems I've "lost" even more memory??
System Information report written at: 05/02/10 14:16:29
System Name: USER-0D22277A01
[System Summary]

Item Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name USER-0D22277A01
System Manufacturer INTEL_
System Model D11020M_
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~3200 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. GC11020M.86A.1065.2006.0502.1638, 5/2/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name USER-0D22277A01\User
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 396.33 MB (-----yesterday this was 6-7ish)
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.72 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys


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#13
May 2, 2010 at 13:28:05
My guess is that you still have some sort of trojan activity, in which case you need specialist help. These things can often hide themselves from well known
anti-malware programs.

You could post it on our security forum as a suspected trojan due to excessive RAM usage. There is a snag though, the mods around here tend to zap double posts - very noticeable if the wording is in any way similar.


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#14
May 2, 2010 at 13:40:58
Okay. Thanks!

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