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RAM usage goes from low to critical for no reason

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Hello friends: I haven't written recently because all seemed well. But something is troubling me, and I am not a techy.

I have a Vista Premium AMD Turion x2 laptop, dual core, 250gb hd, 3g Ram.
Since purchase in Oct 08 until a couple of days ago, upon boot the memory meter always started at around 35% or less and never went past mid 40s for any time. For some reason, for the past few days, when I turn it on it is around 35%, but it increases gradually (40, 50, 60, 70%) in only a few hours of use. Even with no open programs/apps. Just a while ago, it got to a point where the memory meter was at 82% and the bar turned from green to red. I have done nothing different from the past. My Outlook is usually opened so that I know when emails arrive; I work with Firefox; and am your basic Word/PPt 07 user.

Every time I re-start, the issue starts all over again.

I have checked processes in the Task manager and nothing seems out of the ordinary. I've scanned for viruses and malware, and nothing.

It's driving me nuts.
Can you help?
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    Kraków my love :)

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Post WhatsRunning snapshot after few hours of use....

Download, install, and run Whats Running.
Click on Take snapshot in the left pane.
New pop-up window will open.
Click on Save snapshot, and save the file as snap (.xml extension will be added automatically) to know location.

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Zip the file, and attach it to your next reply.
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what is your running anti- software if you can download the free trail avast and use that if nothing happens post back it could be something in ur computer doing this
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