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big_daddy
10-12-2004, 05:20 PM
My PF usage is really high 586mb. Or is this normal? If not how do I get it down to a normal level?

polecat
10-16-2004, 12:53 PM
Page file, as you probably already know, is just using disk space to act as memory. How much page file you use will rely upon a couple things:
1) How much physical memory you have.
2) How much memory is in use/required for applications or features running at any given time.

A 256MB memory system running Windows XP with a few applications running and a very elaborate windows desktop image can easily sit 'idle' with 500MB or more of pagefile in use. The only detriment is performance since your system needs to load/unload pages from disk to launch and use other applications. This is several factors slower than using memory directly.

Ways to decrease this would be to reduce used memory- such as running a more pure/uncluttered desktop environment. Things such as killing unneeded systray applications, picking a smaller desktop background image (or none at all), or adding more memory. You should also check the task manager to look for any suspect processes.

If pagefile usage has suddenly gone up without installing any new software or changing anything, this can be a symptom of trojans, worms or data miner applications that have wedged their way into your system. The systray should also be kept watch since many data miners/spy programs are at least kind enough to throw a new icon in the systray. Date managers, "Time Synchronize" and other regular sounding icons in the systray can be spyware trying to hide as something useful. You can remove these from the add/remove programs in Windows Control Panel. Get programs like Adaware and Antivirus programs, run them regularly and keep them updated. It should also go without saying to run Windows Update to ensure you have the latest security patches to remove vulnerabilities.

big_daddy
10-20-2004, 10:24 PM
Thanks polecat!