Messages About CPU, Memory, And Disk Usage

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by Glenn Holland, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. Glenn Holland

    Thread Starter Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    I've got Norton Antivirus and occasionally I get messages about the following:
    1. High CPU usage
    2. High memory usage
    3. High disk usage
    My computer is running on Windows 7 and these messages appear when I'm using Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. In fact, I just got one of these messages (# 3) while I was typing on this forum.

    So what events are occurring behind the scene that are triggering these messages?
  2. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    The CPU is the workhorse of your computer system. Most computer activity is performed using the CPU. When more work needs to be done the CPU becomes occupied and overworked.

    You computer has a fixed amount of usable memory space, lets say 4GB of RAM. (To find out how much memory you have, view the properties of your computer.) When you start running out of memory space the system will temporarily swap data in and out of memory using your hard disk. Hence you can experience all three messages.

    When any of these happen, you should shut down Windows and restart your computer.

    You want to make a note of how much RAM your computer has.
    Also make a note of the size of your hard drive and how much free space you have. You want to have at least 5GB of free space on your hard drive.
    If you are low on either or both of these then it is time for some file purging, a larger hard drive and/or a memory upgrade.
  3. takao21203

    Distinguished Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    Its kindof you type then become interrupted by "caching", can take a few seconds to a minute, and will become worse over time. After 2 years you need to reinstall Windows.

    Run as few programs as possible take care some will run at start and remain resident + load drivers too.

    You can check with the Task manager resource usage module.

    Especially loading/installing updates is very bad, the hard drive LED will be on all the time.

    You can now see in 300 language: YOUR COMPUTER IS TOO SLOW.
    As well you get great help when your modem again doesnt work such as contact peers over the internet or look up help pages from Microsoft.

    Your hard drive should be half full max. and less than 2GB these days is not enough for just anything.
  4. Glenn Holland

    Thread Starter Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    I don't have a lot of unusual applications, games, or down loads on my computer that would use a lot of memory, disk space, or CPU.

    Most of my documents and other stuff are stored on a USB stick rather than on an internal memory and I don't know where to start deleting files.
  5. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    In my experience, having Norton Antivirus installed and running is more than sufficient cause to result in all three conditions.
    gerty, tjohnson, mcgyvr and 1 other person like this.
  6. Glenn Holland

    Thread Starter Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    I don't know of an alternative but to have Norton Antivirus installed and running.

    It was of good use to get rid of the "Powelikes" trojan which created a Hell of mess.
  7. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    There are plenty of alternatives to Norton Antivirus and many of them are nowhere near the performance killers that Norton is.

    I use a very simple approach -- I have zero antivirus software running on my machines (though I do a scan from time to time, perhaps once every couple years or so). As a result, I am VERY careful about how I have my internet settings configured and what I do online. It's worked extremely well so far.
  8. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    use task manager to look at your ram/cpu usage.

    You may also still have a virus/malware,etc...

    Sure would help if you would...
    post pics of the error screens.
    post your computer specs
    post your ram usage during these errors
    post your cpu usage during these errors..

    As to free/low cost decent AV packages there is,2817,2388652,00.asp
  9. joeyd999

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 6, 2011
  10. JDT

    Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Uninstall all your anti-virus. You might find this is harder than you think!
    Install Microsoft Security Essentials. Get it from - nowhere else.
    Make sure you are running as a Standard User. Have a separate Administrator account.
    Use Firefox, not IE.
    Make sure file extensions are shown in explorer.
    Don't visit any dodgy sites. Never download any "codecs".
    Only download software from the developers own site. Carefully check the domain. Other download sites come with added malware bundled.
    Example: when updating Adobe Reader remember to untick any added s/w.
    Uninstall Java.
    Don't open email attachments you are not expecting.

    Better still, remove Windows and install Linux Mint!
  11. tom_s


    Jun 27, 2014
    task manager to see whats eating the memory

    have found chrome to be a bit of a hog there especially with multiple tabs open
  12. alfacliff

    Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2013
    one big hog was a problem with windows that if you added memory, it still went to vertual memory caching back and forth to hard drive. the only fix was to get nto setup and tell it how much to cache, the auto cache didnt work.
  13. tom_s


    Jun 27, 2014
    fixed that for you :)
  14. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    Win XP in all my 3 machines.

    My "discovery" is that any antivirus could slow down your PC almost to seem dead if you allow it to check every single file you deal with inside. Open, close, copy, write, read, everything. MSE which seems to "know well Windows from inside" (sure it does), is doing it all them time. I unistalled it because of that.

    Currently, running AVG free. I stopped the "PC protection" part and machines run OK. AVG even seemed "furious" about that.

    I use currently AVG free and seems to work OK.

    Adding to that: I used recently ADWCLEANER by Xplode. It took away some malware actively running in my PC (that AVG let get in) and the same in the laptop of my desperate neighbour.

    Coincident with JDT, download it from the Xplode site. Way too many offering it, I suspect of such a wide offer, always. BTW, why when googled Xplode, it shows up somewhere down in the list instead of being on the top, is a mistery to me.

    I agree with most of your suggestions. See somewhere above what I say about MSE.

    Hola alfa, could you show me how to do that? Keep in mind, Win XP here.

    I tried to find where you can set things but I was not lucky. I think I am having that stupid problem right now.
  15. Brownout

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    I get high memory usage from Internet Explorer. I suspect something is wrong with the app, but it doesn't bother me enough to re-install it. Go to Task Manager (ctl-alt-del) click on 'Start Task Manager', click on the "Processes" tab and find which process is using copious amounts of memory, and kill it.
  16. Gdrumm

    Distinguished Member

    Aug 29, 2008
    Really good thread.
    So many times, when I am having issues with the machine slowing down, I check and find that something is running in the background that is using up a lot of resources.

    I kill it, and if I feel it's important, I will choose run it later, when I'm not on the PC.

    Same for upgrades and patches, if you can choose to run them during late night hours, that helps.
    However, with Win 7, I frequently have to wait after a cold boot, for it to finish it's upgardes, and that's anoying.

    Lots of good tips here. I'm going to save this one.
  17. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    Now that you mention it, maybe late to save anything from anyone: what I found delaying too much and hogging too many rsources was the continuous hunt for updates to Win XP.
  18. Glenn Holland

    Thread Starter Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    In addition to the problems described in the initial part of this discussion, I'm noticing that my computer is very "sluggish" for the first 30 minutes after start up.

    The messages are " _______ is not responding and asks me to recover the webpage", the cursor hangs when I try to type, and that little hour glass frequently appears.

    However, these problems seem to disappear on their own after 30 minutes and everything just hums along without many problems.
  19. eetech00

    Active Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    I have a windows 7 x64 machine, Quad Core CPU, 6GB ram and SSD and I occaionally have slow browser response like you've described. I noticed others in this thread have mentioned to remove Norton AV. I recommend that you Do Not remove Norton AV, it is excellent AV software.

    Try this as an experiment. Try disabling Norton "realtime" scanning, and see if it improves the browser response. It probably will...a little, but I would'nt leave it that way. But unless there is a drastic improvement, I'd leave it alone.

    Can you tell us anything about your computer hardware? CPU type, RAM(how much)?
  20. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    All what different services, programs, etc, can do any time, like Windowds, Java, Acrobat, Firefox, Opera crash report, antivirus (do I need to mention all of them?) like looking for updates (or similar) do take a huge ammount of your PC running-time.

    And, not directly related with this, if you find yourself rather often with an apaprently "frozen" machine, better you investigate and maybe you will see that it is just a stupid thing waiting for you to click on a "later", "yes", "no", "agree", "not agree", 18 years or older... option.