I have 384MB of SDRAM on an older computer. By default as startup it usually has about 200mb of available RAM. I use a program called FreeRam XP Pro, which basically helps free up RAM and help against program memory leaks and what not. The weird thing is, my computer seems to just randomly start using RAM for no idea. I have to constantly free up RAM every few minutes. I could just have 3 tabs in Google Chrome open and Windows Media Player and my available RAM will drop down to like 80mb. I use FreeRAM XP Pro and it frees like 100mb of RAM and takes me back up to almost 200 again. Then just minutes later, even when I don't do anything and just leave the computer alone, the available RAM just slowly starts to decrease again. Think of it like a bleeding nose and FreeRAM XP Pro is the tissue.
I have no idea why this is happening. This is a very fresh Windows XP installation, just installed it yesterday and upgraded to SP2. I've even gone into services.msc and disabled some services I know I won't use with the help of Googling information before disabling things. In task Manager, there are no strange processes. Again, I installed a new version of Windows after a reformat just yesterday so I'm 99.9% sure this isn't a virus, and plus, Avira AntiVir and Sygate firewall haven't recognized anything bad anyway.
Does anybody have any clue why this is happening and how to fix it? I've even tried switching RAM sticks around, but available RAM still decreases even when I'm not even doing anything. I'm thinking it's a memory leak. I can post my Task Manager window if neccessary. I realize this is a very old machine with a very low amount of RAM but it's all I have right now, so please don't just simply say to purchase more RAM or upgrade my computer because I'm fully aware that an upgrade is desperately needed. Thanks.