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Memory Leak in Windows® 7

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Know about the memory leak issue in Windows 7, its reasons, symptoms and tips to fix it.

You may have some issues while you are using a Windows 7 system. One such issue is memory leak. Memory leak refers to a situation in which the system memory gets lost. You may get difficulties in running some applications, even if you have allocated enough memory to it. You may then see the available memory getting exhausted and you may no longer run any process in the system. Such issues usually come as a result of some program bugs in the system. The memory leak can seriously harm the system’s performance. The memory leak may result in issues like inability to download applications, run programs etc. So, you should scan and free the memory space from unnecessary files regularly for proper working of the system.

Further, we will discuss the reasons and symptoms of memory leak in Windows 7 and some tips to resolve the issue.

  • Reasons for memory leak
  • Symptoms of memory leak
  • Tips to fix memory leak

Reasons for memory leak

There are a number of reasons behind memory leak issues in a Windows 7 system. The most possible reason is virus infection. The virus will conserve large amount of space in the system’s memory by using system resources. Another reason behind the memory leak is some unwanted processes running in the system. There may be files like temp files and cache files which were created while downloading and installing some applications. If you forgot to remove these files after the installing task, then they remain for long time and a lot of memory spcase is used. It is also possible that some traces of previously installed programs, which have been uninstalled now, are remaining in the system.

Symptoms of memory leak

There are a number of symptoms with which you can know that the Windows 7 system is suffering a memory leak issue. You may be unable to open some applications in the system which requires high amount of memory. System may get slowdown and may crash and freeze. Finally, the system shutdowns without any warnings. Anonymous error messages are other symptoms of memory leak in Windows 7 system.

Tips to fix memory leak

There are some tips to fix memory leak issues in Windows 7 system. Windows 7 usually comes with a memory leak detection technology which you can use for releasing memory space. You can also opt to use some RAM memory optimizers and boosters. These tools are designed to increase the capacity of the system’s memory to improve system’s performance. You can try using some anti-virus software which will remove infections and their traces form the system, thus, releasing memory space acquired by such infections. You can also try removing temp files manually from Temporary Folders and Recent Folders.

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