Ram being eaten by Virus Checkers ?

  KwaK 16:51 02 Feb 2003


After finally getting my system more stable I seem to now have another problem. I have Windows ME & 512mb ram.

I scanned my HD using McAfee VirusScan 7 which was doing its job until last week, as usual I started a scan and went to make a cuppa, came back 15 minutes or so later to a blue screen informing me of an error. I then rebooted and sat there this time and watched the ram slowly disappearing while the HD was being scanned. (Cacheman tells me how much ram I have left).

I tried this a few times, sometimes crashes before ram reaches zero sometimes after.

I uninstalled McAfee and tried AVG which I have used before on a different system but the same problem occured. AVG did just about finish a scan with no problems on one occassion so I'm presuming it isn't a virus.

Can anyone help?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:55 02 Feb 2003

click here and d/l 'EndItAll. This excellent app. will close down all running progs to release memory. Rebooting the computer starts them again...Oh, and it is free.


  KwaK 17:46 02 Feb 2003

I am just downloading the file, took ages due to ie crashing (doesn't seem to like multiple windows open!).

I'll install it and give it a go but what is causing the ram to be eaten away as far as I can tell, only when a virus checker is operating?

  KwaK 18:22 02 Feb 2003


I have installed the EndItAll program but it hasn't cured the problem, ram is still disappearing at a fairly quick rate :o(

  algo mas 00:59 03 Feb 2003

You may stillhave a programme running in the background.It is unusual for a virus checker to eat ram.Normally if you use SCANDISC or similar it keeps stopping and starting until you close allprogrammes.You should not really open any other windows when downloadoing a programme.I only have 327ram and have no problems.

  Cordy13 01:06 03 Feb 2003

Apologies to Gandalf, but you don't want EndItAll2 the original version is simpler! click here

  KwaK 07:03 03 Feb 2003

I have just downloaded the original EndItAll and closed everything down except for Explorer & Systray. Ran the Virus Checker but I still have the same problem :o(

I reloaded Cacheman before starting the checker though, just to keep an eye on the ram figure.

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