Spike in "Explorer.exe" Mem Usage

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  1. Birdman

    Birdman Registered Member

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    XP (sp2).....updated
    768 MB of RAM
    NO visual styles/Windowblinds
    NO desktop icons (only Recylcle Bin)
    NO widgets or sidebar (just using wallpaper)
    Using "Quick Launch" toolbar w/ just 2 icons present
    Running "Taskbar" + "Folder Windows" as seperate process (via tweak)
    Programs at start-up: KIS 7, WinPatrol, AD Muncher, cFosSpeed and SRS Audio Sandbox.
    XP services (manually tweaked)
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    I've noticed in the past few weeks that the memory usage of explorer.exe is getting higher and higher.

    It was always pretty stable around 13-15 K....and slowly it creeped up to around 17-18 K. Now it's running around 26-28 K (on computer start-up) and reaches around 35 K after an hour or so of computer use (ie internet browsing).

    Does anyone know what might be causing this spike in "explorer.exe"........and is there a way to REDUCE the mem usuage (either via settings/tweaks or a software)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Climenole

    Climenole Look 'n' Stop Expert

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    Hi Birdman :)

    1)
    Are you sure that your services setup is correct?
    Check if the "Indexation service" is started... If so: stop it and disable it.

    2)
    May be KIS ? recheck the parameters ...

    3) Did the maintenance was done? CHKDSK, disk cleanup, defrag. ?

    4) Don't expect to solve this probleme or any other with the so-called "Memory Optimizer" : read this article of Mark Russinovich

    The Memory-Optimization Hoax

    http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=41095&cpage=1

    :)
     
  3. Birdman

    Birdman Registered Member

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    Hi Climenole....thanks for your quick reply.

    To answer your questions:

    1) I'm pretty sure that my services are set up correctly. Most of the info (what services to set to manual or disable) I got here on Wilders.

    The "Indexing Service" is DISABLED.

    2) How do I check the parameters in KIS? Though I do not think that KIS is the cause of this issue (using KIS for 2 years now)....I would like to check it out nonetheless.

    3) YES the maintance was recently done (yesterday in fact).

    4) Thanks for the link.
     
  4. eniqmah

    eniqmah Registered Member

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    That seems normal for explorer to be running around there. Mine fluctuates from 22-38MB. Check the system events, that might give you a clue.
     
  5. Birdman

    Birdman Registered Member

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    Only ERRORS that showed up are over the past week or so (random):

    Dhcp (event 1002)

    DCOM (event 10005)

    Service Control Manager (event 7001)
     
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