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Hello, I seem to have some over usage in memory but I don't know what the problem is. I open up task manager and it only shows about 3-4GB memory being used, and sometimes with the same setup it goes up to 10GB while idling. That is without any other programs running. Even right now as I speak I only have chrome, firefox and avast virus scanner running. The memory seems to increase over time as if there are some kind of leak. I have also recently gotten "insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service" Which was able to stop all .exe from opening including task manager .exe. I have ever had this issue, could this be a virus. Please help. Thank you.
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Screenshot of Resource Manager's Memory Tab please
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I will try but right now it is still pretty normal usage. Although when there was 10GB usage, there was nothing in the process tab that will add up to that number, I've added the resource myself and it only shows about 4GB running, no idea where the other 6GB come from.
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It could have just been Standby memory.... the OS caches stuff that you might need. It will free up immediately if you ever happen to need it for something else.
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No that doesn't sound right, it gave me an error message "insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service" I was not able to open anything, and everything I tried to open gave me that message, including browser, games, etc. I had to restart the computer. That was the time it hit 10GB and I think it was still increasing and cause the error exceeding my current memory which is 12GB
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No that doesn't sound right, it gave me an error message "insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service" I was not able to open anything, and everything I tried to open gave me that message, including browser, games, etc. I had to restart the computer. That was the time it hit 10GB and I think it was still increasing and cause the error exceeding my current memory which is 12GB

Did you happen to disable the paging file?
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Do you mean paging files as in virtual memory using hard drives? No I am not using that.
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Hello, I seem to have some over usage in memory but I don't know what the problem is. I open up task manager and it only shows about 3-4GB memory being used, and sometimes with the same setup it goes up to 10GB while idling. That is without any other programs running. Even right now as I speak I only have chrome, firefox and avast virus scanner running. The memory seems to increase over time as if there are some kind of leak. I have also recently gotten "insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service" Which was able to stop all .exe from opening including task manager .exe. I have ever had this issue, could this be a virus. Please help. Thank you.

Screen shots would be helpful. How are you measuring what is "used"? If using Task Manager in Windows, keep in mind that as data, applications, etc. are read from the HDD, Windows will cache that content entirely in RAM and won't release it until an application requests memory for active tasks. That could explain how it steadily increases over time, you might be looking at cached data increasing as you surf the web, as Avast scans local content, etc. Who knows. Need more info.

As for the insufficient system resources message - what were you trying to do when you got that message?
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Do you mean paging files as in virtual memory using hard drives? No I am not using that.

You should ALWAYS have a paging file, even if it's a small one. Some applications will give you an out-of-memory error if the detect the amount of virtual memory = zero, which is accurate if you have NO virtual memory / paging file to begin with. Make a small one, or set it to system-managed. With 12GB of RAM I'd make a 4GB page file.

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Thanks for the information there, I am not quite sure if I am doing this correctly. The resource monitor shows memory being used both virtual and physically, so I add them both up and it would give me the total amount of memory being used?

When I got the error message I was just watching youtube videos, and the browser crashed and I cannot bring up task manager either.
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Thanks for the information there, I am not quite sure if I am doing this correctly. The resource monitor shows memory being used both virtual and physically, so I add them both up and it would give me the total amount of memory being used?

Are you looking at Task Manager or Resource Monitor?
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