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Offline wwconverse

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Driver Updater apparent memory leak
« on: May 15, 2020, 11:16:59 AM »
I tried out the Driver Updater, which seemed to be ok. I returned it before the 30 day trial because my system is old, everything I need works fine and I didn't want new drivers causing conflicts.  Also my system seemed sluggish.

When I returned Driver Updater it was indicated that the program would remain on my system until the 30 days ran out.

However in the meantime my system remained sluggish.  I used the Windows 7 task manager to watch what was happening.  On the "Processes" tab, only a few percent of cpu usage was shown in the list of processes, but the CPU Usage at the bottom showed 30-60% usage, as it also did on the "Performance" tab.  There I saw most of the physical memory being used, and the usage was slowly increasing until it was almost used up.  The CPU usage continued to spike irregularly.

I removed the Driver Updater and immediately the memory graph dropped down like a stairstep.  Slowly the memory usage continued to decrease.  I rebooted the system and it is not sluggish any more.

Though I am not an expert in these things, I suspect a memory leak was taking so much memory that my system was "thrashing" memory to and from the hard drive, causing the slowdown.

I won't be using the program, but I wanted to let people know in case they encounter the same thing.

Offline numjg

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Re: Driver Updater apparent memory leak
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2020, 12:55:38 PM »
Locks up on me all the time and I pay for it!