My Windows XP laptop goes unusually slow after when I open any program (say Internet Explorer) on it after startup.
I suspected I am having a heavy startup so I observed my task manager stats.
1. On startup and stabilizing , my RAM usage is normal and it shows I have enough free memory.
2. If I start any program and use it for a minute, the problem starts.
3. On observing task manager again, I found that my free RAM has dropped very low, used RAM is also low, but the Pageing size has increased a lot.
I have checked, my total RAM size is correct as per my specs on startup.
So plz somebody helpout, why does my RAM does not get freed up even if I close any software. and Why My PAge Size is increasing terribly ( I doubt this is the culprit).
On a side note, remember, the first line of defense is always software before hardware... make sure to clean your system properly... different programs search for different things and some are better than others... I suggest Spybot: Search & destroy and Malwarebytes.