explorer.exe is using up my memory
Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:13 AM
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 12:46 AM
Do you have an animated Desktop wallpaper? Do you hold lots(and lots) of minimized windows open in the background? Do you have a search running as a constantly scheduled task? Do you have a graphics intensive game open in the background? All these things could account for high explorer numbers. Please check msconfig (just type that in "Run") to see if explorer.exe is listed under the Startup Tab. It should not be there. There is an unusually sneaky bit of spyware that disguises itself as explorer.exe. If you find it there go directly to the Malware Removal section of the forum and begin the cleaning process with an initial post describing the problem. Follow all the directions.
If not malware, something is causing the explorer spike. Let me suggest that you trim down your background processes- stuff like java update scheduler and auto starting processes. An excellent startup control program is the free WinPatrol http://www.majorgeek...ad.php?det=3380
Does alot more as well, and the little dog barks to get your attention when needed. Try to get your startup down to the 4 or 5 things you really need. Since you are already using Taskmanager I think you'll really like Sysinternal's free Process Explorer: http://www.microsoft...ssExplorer.mspx It's what Taskmanager wants to be when it grows up.
A mouse over the process pops up a small tooltip box with information. This will show you what is being controlled by each scvhost instance. Before you to to Services (under Administrative tools) and start turning things off, please read the information here: http://www.theelderg...vices_guide.htm When making changes to Services, I suggest one-at-a-time, so that you'll know what "broke it."
I suspect that some of the background processes are using explorer for their own purposes.
Once you trim things down post back with the results. If it is malware take care of that first!
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