I've been trying to figure out why almost half of my ram is being used when IE is running, and why on average 198mb of 512mb is being used when no programs are being used (idle in other words).
As anyone with a laptop knows, it's easy to tell when something is "active" because the fans kick up. When I launch Opera, this doesn't happen with the fans or the RAM. If I launch IE.... this happens big time.
The second part of this question deals with Windows Messenger and why it's integrated with Outlook Express. I read a post here that mentioned keeping windows messenger from loading at startup, though mine isn't supposed to be doing that, the process msmsgs.exe remains in the background anyway and is eating up almost 10,000k of memory... for what I consider is no reason (though what do I know lol). But here's the problem...
...windows messenger is integrated with Outlook Express, which I use for mail. I can't shut down windows messenger when I'm checking mail---it wont allow it. It's further annoying because I'm not always "available to chat" when I'm checking mail, but windows messenger alerts everyone on my contact list that I'm online. This is VERY irritating. Why is windows messenger required to run outlook express? Is there a way to stop this? I use wm but I don't want it running when I'm checking mail.
What I've already done/what I do...
I've looked at the add-ons in IE and shut down what I thought was unecessary. I run ad-aware, spybotSD, spyware blaster, stinger, norton.... trying to keep up with malware & spyware. All of those are up to date.
I've updated everything via microsoft update.
I've run Norton, Stinger, AND Housecall (online)--all came up clean.
There are 5 instances of svchost.exe running which is using the below memory:
I've seen svchost.exe use as much as 40,000k in ONE instance of that process. between IE using 25,392k and svchost.exe using what it is... plus all the other running processes---many times I'm real close to using about half of my ram. Is this normal?
Thanks in advance.
Edited by autumn_whispers2me, 05 June 2005 - 10:34 AM.