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Old 16-08-2007, 06:06 AM   #1
m
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virtual memory low

lately when im seeing a pop up that says virtual mem low i dont know what
that means and my computers hanging and slow to open files and things and to
sign on. I saw one person on here had the same question and i followed the
reply but when i click on what he said to do on the advacned it has general
and short cut and both have advanced button. I see no preformance button or
virtual memory button,as you can tell im not to computer wise so maybe il
clicking the wrong ones ty for any help
 
Old 16-08-2007, 06:06 AM   #2
Malke
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Re: virtual memory low

m wrote:
> lately when im seeing a pop up that says virtual mem low i dont know what
> that means and my computers hanging and slow to open files and things and to
> sign on. I saw one person on here had the same question and i followed the
> reply but when i click on what he said to do on the advacned it has general
> and short cut and both have advanced button. I see no preformance button or
> virtual memory button,as you can tell im not to computer wise so maybe il
> clicking the wrong ones ty for any help


This error message usually means that something running in the
background is using up all the available memory. Most commonly in
Windows this means malware. So your first step is to make sure the
computer is virus/malware-free. If the machine is clean and you are
still having the problem, then you need to ask yourself The First
Question Of Troubleshooting: what changed between the time things worked
and the time they didn't? If you can't pinpoint a change (and reverse
it), then the next step is to do clean-boot troubleshooting.

A. General Malware Removal -
http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...moving_Malware

Include scanning with either Sysclean or Multi_AV, plus AVG Anti-Spyware
(formerly Ewido - http://www.ewido.net/en/) and follow instructions to
do all scans in Safe Mode.

When all else fails, run HijackThis and post your log in one of the
specialty forums listed at the link above (not here, please).

B. Clean-Boot Troubleshooting

Clean boot in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353
Clean-boot advanced troubleshooting in Windows XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316434
How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=310560

Standard caveat: If the procedures look too complex - and there is no
shame in admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a
professional computer repair shop (not your local version of
BigStoreUSA). Please be aware that not all local shops are skilled at
removing malware and even if they are, your computer may be so infested
that Windows will need to be clean-installed. Have all your data backed
up before you take the machine into a shop.


Malke
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Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
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Old 16-08-2007, 06:06 AM   #3
Malke
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Re: virtual memory low

m wrote:
> lately when im seeing a pop up that says virtual mem low i dont know what
> that means and my computers hanging and slow to open files and things and to
> sign on. I saw one person on here had the same question and i followed the
> reply but when i click on what he said to do on the advacned it has general
> and short cut and both have advanced button. I see no preformance button or
> virtual memory button,as you can tell im not to computer wise so maybe il
> clicking the wrong ones ty for any help


This error message usually means that something running in the
background is using up all the available memory. Most commonly in
Windows this means malware. So your first step is to make sure the
computer is virus/malware-free. If the machine is clean and you are
still having the problem, then you need to ask yourself The First
Question Of Troubleshooting: what changed between the time things worked
and the time they didn't? If you can't pinpoint a change (and reverse
it), then the next step is to do clean-boot troubleshooting.

A. General Malware Removal -
http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...moving_Malware

Include scanning with either Sysclean or Multi_AV, plus AVG Anti-Spyware
(formerly Ewido - http://www.ewido.net/en/) and follow instructions to
do all scans in Safe Mode.

When all else fails, run HijackThis and post your log in one of the
specialty forums listed at the link above (not here, please).

B. Clean-Boot Troubleshooting

Clean boot in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353
Clean-boot advanced troubleshooting in Windows XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316434
How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=310560

Standard caveat: If the procedures look too complex - and there is no
shame in admitting this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a
professional computer repair shop (not your local version of
BigStoreUSA). Please be aware that not all local shops are skilled at
removing malware and even if they are, your computer may be so infested
that Windows will need to be clean-installed. Have all your data backed
up before you take the machine into a shop.


Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
 
Old 16-08-2007, 06:08 AM   #4
Rock
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Re: virtual memory low

"m" wrote
> lately when im seeing a pop up that says virtual mem low i dont know what
> that means and my computers hanging and slow to open files and things and
> to
> sign on. I saw one person on here had the same question and i followed the
> reply but when i click on what he said to do on the advacned it has
> general
> and short cut and both have advanced button. I see no preformance button
> or
> virtual memory button,as you can tell im not to computer wise so maybe il
> clicking the wrong ones ty for any help


In addition to the other posts, for reference, see this article on Virtual
Memory in XP by the late Alex Nichol, MVP.

http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.htm

--
Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]

 
Old 16-08-2007, 06:08 AM   #5
Rock
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Re: virtual memory low

"m" wrote
> lately when im seeing a pop up that says virtual mem low i dont know what
> that means and my computers hanging and slow to open files and things and
> to
> sign on. I saw one person on here had the same question and i followed the
> reply but when i click on what he said to do on the advacned it has
> general
> and short cut and both have advanced button. I see no preformance button
> or
> virtual memory button,as you can tell im not to computer wise so maybe il
> clicking the wrong ones ty for any help


In addition to the other posts, for reference, see this article on Virtual
Memory in XP by the late Alex Nichol, MVP.

http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.htm

--
Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]

 
 

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