Computer/Web Browser Using Tons Of Memory

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    Mar 13, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    Well I usually keep my computer in good shape, using virus scanners and defragging it every week or so but this is probably a browser issue. Whenever I open FireFox and Google Chrome, I see in the Performance part of Task Manager that it eats up all my memory and has huge spikes when they are opened. After opening the spike drops, but then I'd go along browsing and suddenly things move slowly. I decided to leave the Performance open to see what happens and there are like spikes off 100% CPU memory usage to 15% and it just keeps fluctuating like that... I got Chrome because Firefox was doing that on its own but now it looks like Chrome is doing it as well, anyone have ideas on how to fix this?
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    Memory is cheap today, you should increase it.

    Even if it looks like a basic task, displaying a web page is a very complicated piece of software.
    There is a trade of, for that kind of stuff, between using a lot of memory to be faster, and using less memory and being slower.

    Nearly all browser benchmarks focus on speed and, as I said, memory is cheap today, so browser maker choose fast over memory conservative algorithms, it sound rational to me.
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    Yeah but the thing is that it never acted this way before, so something must have happened to make it decide all of a sudden to use way more memory than it used to.

    Could it be that I'm using too much space on my hard drive? I did download a lot of stuff and using more than half the space on the hard drive right now.
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    How much total RAM do you have?

    My first get would be Flash. It's a resource hog. For Firefox, you can download Flashblock, which will block most Flash content, but will also allow you to view the content you want by clicking on it.
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    Mar 13, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidYeah but the thing is that it never acted this way before, so something must have happened to make it decide all of a sudden to use way more memory than it used to.

    Could it be that I'm using too much space on my hard drive? I did download a lot of stuff and using more than half the space on the hard drive right now.


    It's unrelated to the space on your hard drive.
    There is two type of memory, the hard drive serve just to store data, the ram on your mother board handle programs and data while they are running.

    CPU usage is also unrelated to memory, it more alike the speed meter in your car.
    CPU usage goes up when you do intensive tasks, and it's all good, no reason to buy a powerfull computer to use it a 20% of it's possibilities.

    Now, two web pages may look similar to you, but need a very different amount of power to be displayed.

    The 'stuff that did happen' could simply be new websites you goes on.
    In addition, Chrome autoupdate itself, meaning you will get newer version automatically.

    Memory usage will go up when you have lot of web pages open in different tabs.

    What's your amount of ram ? 1, 2, 4 Go ?
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    I see 0.99GB of RAM. I'm on a netbook by the way... is that bad?
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidI see 0.99GB of RAM. I'm on a netbook by the way... is that bad?


    It's typical ram size for net books. On some of them, you can upgrade to 2Go, and it's noticeably more comfortable.

    Netbooks has little CPU power, and it's very visible when you try to display video in flash format (youtubes full screen 720 video etc...)

    You should check if you have the latest version of Flash, as it's supposed to use part of the gpu (graphic cpu) to render videos more easily.

    Avoid having tons of websites in tons of browsers tabs/windows, as it can heat enought ram the you end up with the system switching data from ram to hard drive : you'll notice immediatly, your system is still working, but become verrrrrry slow, as hard drive is thousands of time slower than ram.

    For youtube, your best option is to select 320 instead of 720 video resolution.
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    Mar 13, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Yeah I watch the video in the little box that it shows up in anyway on the YouTube site. I only have like 5-8 tabs open max so most of the time I have like 3 or less tabs open.

    How do I find out if I have the most up-to-date FLASH and how can I upgrade my RAM?
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    Mar 14, 2012 10:45 AM GMT
    running vista or 7 as well?

    firefox has always been a memory hog and on systems with less than 2GB can be painfully slow as the windows page file is continually being accessed.
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    Mar 14, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    I'm on XP.