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XP Memory Leaks?

By wareid ·
I know very little about memory leaks themselves, but I know they slow down computers. Since about 3 months ago, I noticed my XP slowing down greatly after only a few hours. I used to have Windows 98, and I knew about memory leaks with that, and I gues the lesser leaks in XP threw me off until I got accustomed. It usually gets bad if I am downloading something (no matter how small) if I'm working in Paint Shop Pro or Macromedia, or if I'm on MSN. Sometimes it even prevents me from working effciently with Notepad! Are there any solutions for this?
Note: I've already virus scanned and gotten rid of any viruses.

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I read the question like this

by NZ_Justice In reply to Imagine what an "unstable ...

wareid runs XP and can't find what application is leaking memory.

That's why I suggested the use of windbg and process explorer, And I mentioned a few apps with memory leaks Adobe 6.0 and bit-tornado, I was unaware that the MS WinXP operating system had\has memory leeks.

And I agree it is not the fault of windows that a third party application fails to clean out memory.

wareid mentioned the use of Paint shop pro and dream weaver on the PC, both third party applications that could be leaking memory. A lot of patches released by third party vendors for their applications fix memory leaks.

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Right, right...

by ?/\/\?|???\/??? In reply to I read the question like ...

...If there truly is an application that is leaking memory. More information is needed to make that assessment, I think, though. A statement like "I noticed my XP slowing down greatly after only a few hours" can mean any number of things. Spyware / malware comes to mind...

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