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    No idea where to go with this

    I need some schooling on what exactly is a memory leak?

    Here is my sordid story it will glean a few laughs

    I am running Win XP SP3 (there's a laugh)
    My browser is Firefox 52.8.1 (another laugh)

    I'd rather not go to chrome because it is a memory hog

    I use task manager to monitor the behavior of firefox

    it takes a awhile to get set - but I am using a ad-blocker

    But when it is running fine the mem usage in task manager firefox
    is at 240K+

    but then it becomes un responsive and I look at task manager and mem usage is 30 -40k - it had to drop to that for whatever reason

    all I want to know if this is a mem leak or symptom of one

    Thanks

    Jeff

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    Re: No idea where to go with this

    No, doesn't sound like it...except for the unresponsive part. A memory leak will generally manifest by a process using up more and more RAM until the system runs out of available memory. This can certainly make things unresponsive, but the memory would go up, not down.

    Now, it could be that something ELSE is leaking memory. What is causing the memory consumption to drop? Perhaps something else is hogging so much memory that the OS is recovering anything it can from other applications.
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    Re: No idea where to go with this

    The only processes that are running from what I can tell is FF
    System Idle is always running - it usually happens when I 1st
    start the browser. It will increase mem usage to 200-270 K
    and then crash to 30k and then it takes forever for that mem usage to climb

    Thanks for the response - I know I'm driving a Edsel

    Jeff

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    Re: No idea where to go with this

    You certainly are. How much RAM do you have on that? Those amounts of RAM are trivial, these days, but XP would run with a whole lot less than modern systems have.
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    Re: No idea where to go with this

    My experience with web browsers is that they ALL leak memory, eventually crashing themselves or Windows. However, the symptoms you describe are not representative of what I have seen with browser memory leaks, so there may be something else going on.

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