I’m Losing My Memory

I’M LOSING MY MEMORY

 

It is important to have an understanding about computer memory (RAM).  Most users have no clue WHAT memory is or WHY it is important.  RAM is the space that the processor (CPU)…uses to open and operate data from the hard drive.

 

When you turn on your computer the processor runs the operating system (Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8) files.  I takes certain files and runs them from the memory.  Then other applications run that handle basic operation of the computer like networking, then third party applications get run:

 

  • Anti-Virus
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • iTunes
  • Dropbox
  • Data Backup
  • Skype
  • …etc., etc., etc.

 

Over the course of time, your operating systems get larger and more programs try to run at startup.  This takes more and more memory.  You want to stay at less than 50% utilization of your available memory.  Why?  Well, your memory is like your credit score.  If you use a higher percentage of your available credit…your score goes down…and the more you use…the worse it gets.

 

If you start using over 50% of the available memory, your performance will go down and the higher you get above the 50% the worse your performance gets.  It can get so bad that eventually high memory use can cause the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and other damage to your computer.

 

WHAT TO DO

  1. The best is always to bring it into a trained technician.  Yes, I know…a shameless plug for business, but really, that is the best unless you know what you are doing.  One problem I see is that computer users will download anything that says it will speed up the computer.  Often, these programs are packed with malware, spyware or crap-ware…and your computer isn’t any faster…just less secure.
  2. Keep programs from automatically running at startup
  3. Have a good Anti-Virus that checks for viruses, malware, spyware & rootkits
  4. Keep your operating system up to date
  5. Keep Adobe Flash up to date

Keep Java up to date

 

 

WHAT NOT TO DO

  1. Don’t just think you need more software…often the problem is you have been downloading other software and its 3 buddies decided to install on your computer too.
  2. Don’t feel you have to take it anywhere.  More often than not…it can be fixed remotely.
  3. Don’t let your kids on your computer…especially if you use it for business.
  4. As always…we are happy to help, just call or email!

 

As always…we are happy to help, just call or email!