Computer memory keeps on decreasing, please help!

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I recently got a problem with my Mac computer. The hard disk memory keeps on decreasing. The problem started occurring after I copied all the application folders from the Mackintosh hard drive to my Application Folder. A strange thing happened with the memory; it went down from a free 45 GB to a free 16 GB!! My VMware fusion does not run as normal as before. It kept displaying a message indicating that I had to free the memory, which I did by deleting all the files that I copied in the Application Folder. I went ahead and emptied the trash hoping that the memory would be free. To my surprise, the memory still has a 16 GB free remaining.

For the VMware application to respond, I had to delete many files. I had to shred folders up to 25 GB free just to make VMware start working. The strange thing is that, every day that I check the remaining memory, it decreases by 3 GB or any figure close to that. I have no active files on the download, no P2P or illegal downloads. I tried to remove the VMware hoping the problem would be solved but nothing changed.

The memory is almost full now. I will really appreciate if someone will provide a solution to this problem.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #106965

Computer memory keeps on decreasing, please help!


Hello Philip Campbell,

I have 5 solutions for you here, and you can try any of the following. I hope one of these will solve your problem.

Solution 1:

Have you ever tried to scan your computer? Because some of the reasons why your memory automatically decreases is because you have a spyware. Spyware is silently affecting your system, like destroying hard drive, slow internet connection and it will automatically change your settings. There are two different ways to scan your computer.

First way, follow these steps:

  • In your Anti-virus, click Tools tab then select Update.
  • Updating Anti-virus is very important, do it regularly.
  • When updating is done, click Tools tab to select scan computer then wait for a minute.
  • When it's done, look for the scan results and check the virus detected. Here, you can see the files that are affected.
  • All you have to do is to remove those infected files.

And now, here is the second way.

  • I recommend you to have a good scanner. HDDScan is a freeware program which help you detect viruses, Trojans and network worms.
  • It can fix all the problems related to Ram failures, hard disk problems and Registry problems.
  • It supports IDE, SATA, SCSI hard disk drives, Raid arrays, Flash cards and external USB/Firewire hard disks.

Here are the links: Download the HDDScan Installer, Download older version

Solution 2:

If you are always using your Internet browsers, you have to delete all the cookies and Internet history. It can decrease your memory. Follow these steps:
  • Press Windows key and select Control Panel.
  • Pick the Network and Internet Connections.
  • In the Control Panel icon, select the Internet Options.
  • The Internet properties dialog box will open,
  • On the General tab, check the 'Delete browsing history on exit" check box, then click Delete.
  • Check all the check box except Form data or Passwords if you don't want to remove them, then click Delete button.
  • Then close the dialog box after deleting the Internet History.
Solution 3:
Clean your disk clean up to free up disk space in the computer's hard drive. Disk cleanup targets to perform the following:
Compression of old files, Temporary Internet files, Recycle Bin, Offline files, Downloaded Program files, Temporary Windows files and Startup log files. Follow these steps:
  • Press the Windows key and select Run then hit Enter.
  • Type cleanmgr.exe
  • The Disk Cleanup dialog box will open.
  • Check all the check box on the Files to delete.
  • Click OK then click Yes.
  • Wait for a few seconds, the disk clean up is cleaning up unnecessary files.
Solution 4:
Perform the full de-fragmentation. It is performed to increase the speed by rearranging files that is stored on your hard disk. It is also recommended to be done at least twice a week. Here are the steps:
  • Press the Windows key –> All Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools –> Disk Defragmenter
  • The Disk De-fragmenter window will open.
  • Right-click the local drive C and select Defragment.
  • Wait for a minute until the defragment is done,
  • Restart your computer.

Solution 5:

Remove programs that you don't need to use. It only occupies some space in your memory. Remove it using add/Remove programs, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows key and Control Panel.
  • Pick Add/Remove Programs category.
  • The Add or Remove Programs window will open.
  • Look for the programs that you need to remove. Then, click Change/Remove button to uninstall the program.
  • Just do the same steps for the other unused programs.
Answered By 0 points N/A #106966

Computer memory keeps on decreasing, please help!



This problem once happened to me while I was in the campus, but the interesting thing was that, no Antivirus nor any Spyware and Malware solved the problem.
Without wasting time, these are the steps on removing this disturbing space eating program.
Go to control panel, create an account without restricting any actions in this account. Restart the computer and log in using the new created account. Once you are in, delete the Administrators account along with all of its file (every thing). After that restart, you have to make the created account as administrator. If this doesn't work repeat the process.
By doing this all your worries and problems will be over.

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