Internet explorer clogs memory

By stretch_af
Jan 29, 2010
  1. I have a HP Pavillion. About a month ago, my laptop started freezing up while surfing the web. I started watching my task manager while this was happening. It turns out that the internet is clogging my RAM. I also use a gadget on the sidebar to monitor RAM. Just before the computer freezes, the RAM is at ~95%. That is just with one tab open, and no other tasks running. Closing all tabs reduces RAM to about 25% almost instantly and everything starts to work fine again. i'm not sure if I should blame the RAM or IE.

    Any comments or suggestions.

  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Well you need to do two things:

    1. Update your windows via windows update service to get all upto date patches/fixes
    2. Download Malwarebytes for installation and scan your system and post its log here.

    I am assuming its a Vista machine; please confirm though.
  3. vijayallenraj

    vijayallenraj TS Rookie

    Are you using IE8? Its pretty bad. I'd suggest you use the Firefox 3.5. \

    This doesnt answer your question, but just an alternative though.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    I dont think it has anything to do with IE being a bad browser; in fact it feels much better than chrome if i have to do a comparison; however, i prefer FF above the rest :D
  5. stretch_af

    stretch_af TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah its a Vista machine. I was using IE7 until this morning. I just downloaded IE8 to see if that helps. Will reply with updates.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Alright, hope that will be improve your situation, and goodluck
  7. stretch_af

    stretch_af TS Rookie Topic Starter

    IE8 hasn't helped any. I've heard good things about Chrome. Don't know anything about FireFox. Might one of those help my situation? Or should I look at something else?
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Try firefox, it is much better than chrome in my view.
  9. vijayallenraj

    vijayallenraj TS Rookie

    And you can download the chromifox extreme theme to make it look like chrome:)
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