HELP!! Available memory considerably low, No viruses, and ..

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Hi there all,
I am really concern now that a couple of nights ago, I got a warning
message that stated that system memory is very low, and windows will
increase your virtual ram. After Windows XP doing so, I noticed that
the system started to slow down even more to the point as of today it
was very slow. So after reading my xp book, it decribes a little bit
about finding unwanted programs under windows task manager as well as
your cpu usage and memory. I have looked at the process tab and I have
a mile long of processes running and my availble memory has dropped
dramatically. I have a total 512MB ram, and normal range of available
ram is usally around 312MB. However today my availible memory had
dropped to about 180MB of ram.

Some things I have done so far...

1. scanned for viruses... no viruses found
2. scanned for adware/spyware/mailware using ad-aware se unregistered
and found some files but I cleaned them and re-booted. Yet I still have
an average of 180MB of ram.
3. Looked at my process tab and saw that there where 7 svchost.exe
files which had concerned me so I google it, and found one site saying
that there should be multiple instances running. However it also
mentioned that it can also be a virus though Nortans should pick it up.
4. and the last thing I did, prior to posting here, was I did a search
on memory leaks, and a bunch of users from other newsgroups say that
memory leaks should clear up by re-booting your system. Though this
didn't resolve anything either.

oh and BTW... about 6 months ago and prior my cpu usage never went
above 4%. Though lately especially when I am not using my computer for
more than a couple of hours, my cpu usage goes all the way up to 100%
but I am not using the system.

I have a sony viao computer, with 1.5 GHZ processor, 512MB of ram,
using Windows XP Home edition sp2, both Windows XP firewall and my
router firewall are enabled, and I have Nortons Antuvirus 2003 pro.

any ideas?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Hi there all,
    I recently ran chkdsk, and said that there where problems with some of
    the window's files and should run chkdsk /f. I did that and said it
    couldn't do this process because I was on the system, though it did
    give me the option to whether if I wanted to set a schedule for the
    next time for windows to do this procedure when I reboot my computer.
    So obviously I said yes, and re-booted my computer and it did it's
    thing and I notice that my ram has increased to 295MB. So I am getting
    there but it is still not quite back to my original average. Are there
    any other suggestions? Like maybe disk defrag? Though I can't think of
    a reason why I should since I have it scheduled to scan once per month
    and Nortons is scheduled weekly.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    > Look in Google to
    > see whether others have encountered the same problem and found a
    > solution.


    I have. I spent about 6 hours yesturday flipping through pages and
    pages in google groups with the keyword "available memory" and then
    decided to give up and post.

    >
    > Are there any error messages in Event Viewer?

    Yes,
    on April 8, 2005, it said, "The device, device\cdrom1, has had a block.
    So I clicked on the support link, and it mentioned that this is
    considered a memory block error. The possible solution where three
    choices...

    1. Retry the operation.
    2. Clean the physical hard drive.
    3. Use newer media.

    I rember this problem when I was tring to listen to my cd with Windows
    Media 9, and the cdrom had to pause in order to read more data off the
    cd which caused my music to pop and skip. However, I don't recall
    having this problem when playing the cd in my car so I don't think it
    was the cd itself.

    So I wonder if I have a windows media problem, or if this was fixed
    through doing the process of a chkdsk and repair?
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Poor system performance can be the result of a single problem or a
    combination of factors. Listed
    below are issues, which you may wish to examine if you are experiencing
    poor performance after
    the boot process has completed. Some items may help with slow starting
    of Windows XP but the
    list has not been prepared for tackling that problem. Work through the
    list until you achieve an
    acceptable result.

    Regular and effective housekeeping is essential. What you do and how
    often you do it will depend
    on how you use your computer. A suggested routine may include:

    1. In Outlook Express empty your Deleted Items folder.
    2. In Outlook Express run File, Folder, Compact All whilst OFFLINE.
    3. Run Disk Cleanup. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk
    Cleanup with
    Temporary Internet Files, Offline Web Pages (optional), System Restore
    ( more Options tab )
    and Recycle Bin selected for deletion. If you have more than one drive /
    partition you may
    need to do this operation for each drive / partition.
    4. Remove Cookies. Start, Control Panel, Internet Options, General,
    Delete Cookies.
    5. Run Disk Defragmenter.

    Check whether you could reduce the number of days the History of sites
    visited is retained. Start,
    Control Panel, Internet Options, General, History.

    Spyware causes many problems. If not installed download Adaware and / or
    update Reference file
    from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ and use it to remove
    parasites. If Spyware
    persists as a problem try a Hosts file.
    http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/what_is_hosts.html

    Slow performance resulting from insufficient memory, causing over
    reliance on virtual memory,
    may be especially noticed by those upgrading to Windows XP from an
    earlier version of Windows.
    Windows XP will run with 64 MB of RAM memory. However, a minimum of 256
    MB is
    recommended and many users will recommend 512 MB. You may check on
    pagefile (virtual
    memory) usage with Page File Monitor for XP:
    http://www.dougknox.com/

    Check how much free space you have on the hard drive / partition where
    your pagefile is located.
    You need a minimum of 15% but 20% or more is better.

    Check your setting for the Indexing Service. Start, Administrative
    Tools, Services, Indexing
    Service. The default setting is Manual. Check that it is not running.
    More information here:
    http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Indexing_Service

    You can have too many programmes running in the background. Close
    programmes/windows after
    use. Check whether all the programmes loading when Windows is started
    are really necessary.
    http://aumha.org/a/loads.htm

    Check whether you can identify slow performance with a particular
    programme. Look in Google to
    see whether others have encountered the same problem and found a
    solution.
    http://groups.google.com/

    Are there any error messages in Event Viewer? You can access Event
    Viewer by selecting Start,
    Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning of
    the error, information
    regarding Event ID: and Source Description is important.
    HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308427&Product=winxp

    ~~~~~~


    Hope this helps.

    Gerry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    FCA

    Stourport, Worcs, England
    Enquire, plan and execute.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    "roofy" <rneilen216@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:1113201862.743490.292550@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi there all,
    > I recently ran chkdsk, and said that there where problems with some of
    > the window's files and should run chkdsk /f. I did that and said it
    > couldn't do this process because I was on the system, though it did
    > give me the option to whether if I wanted to set a schedule for the
    > next time for windows to do this procedure when I reboot my computer.
    > So obviously I said yes, and re-booted my computer and it did it's
    > thing and I notice that my ram has increased to 295MB. So I am getting
    > there but it is still not quite back to my original average. Are there
    > any other suggestions? Like maybe disk defrag? Though I can't think of
    > a reason why I should since I have it scheduled to scan once per month
    > and Nortons is scheduled weekly.
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    What was the Event ID and Source?


    --


    Hope this helps.

    Gerry
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    Stourport, Worcs, England
    Enquire, plan and execute.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Please tell the newsgroup how any
    suggested solution worked for you.

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    "roofy" <rneilen216@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:1113231292.183394.88330@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    >> Look in Google to
    >> see whether others have encountered the same problem and found a
    >> solution.
    >
    >
    > I have. I spent about 6 hours yesturday flipping through pages and
    > pages in google groups with the keyword "available memory" and then
    > decided to give up and post.
    >
    >>
    >> Are there any error messages in Event Viewer?
    >
    > Yes,
    > on April 8, 2005, it said, "The device, device\cdrom1, has had a
    > block.
    > So I clicked on the support link, and it mentioned that this is
    > considered a memory block error. The possible solution where three
    > choices...
    >
    > 1. Retry the operation.
    > 2. Clean the physical hard drive.
    > 3. Use newer media.
    >
    > I rember this problem when I was tring to listen to my cd with Windows
    > Media 9, and the cdrom had to pause in order to read more data off the
    > cd which caused my music to pop and skip. However, I don't recall
    > having this problem when playing the cd in my car so I don't think it
    > was the cd itself.
    >
    > So I wonder if I have a windows media problem, or if this was fixed
    > through doing the process of a chkdsk and repair?
    >
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