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Old 23. Oct 2015, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ran ToolWiz - now high memory usage

I recently ran Gizmo's top rated tuneup program ToolWiz Care, and now memory usage is much higher than before. I just went along with ToolWiz's recommendations so I can't be certain which particular change has caused this. There are no restore points available for the relevant period.

Any help on how to remedy the high memory usage would be really appreciated.
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Old 23. Oct 2015, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Which tools did you use?

Time Freeze requires more memory which might be the entire problem.
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Old 23. Oct 2015, 11:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I uninstalled it a while ago and I'm struggling to remember but I'm pretty sure I didn't - just ToolWiz Care. Is it possible to reverse changes ToolWiz Care made? Obviously I'd have to reinstall it.
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Old 23. Oct 2015, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I meant which tools did you use in the suite of tools that make up ToolWiz Care?

It is unlikely to be possible to reverse the changes by reinstalling ToolWiz because it deletes files and deletes registry records. What can be reversed is removing what has been added.

To start reducing memory usage you should have a look at the programs that start automatically with Windows.

Which version of Windows do you have? The version affects what Task Manager can show you: what programs are currently running , the startup programs and the ability to disable them. If your version of Task Manager doesn't show startup entries then msconfig.exe can be used. You can also install programs like CCleaner or Autoruns (Microsoft Sysinternals) to see startup entries.
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Old 23. Oct 2015, 06:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Windows 7 SP1. I've always kept startup programs to a minimum. I use all the tools you mention.

Regarding ToolWiz, I just went ahead with its suggestions. I think it was 1 click.
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Old 23. Oct 2015, 10:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you are using more memory after startup then there must be something running which wasn't before or the settings for a program have changed. Other possibilities are far less likely e.g. using 64-bit versions of programs instead of 32-bit versions but I doubt that ToolWiz would do this for you.

Task Manager on Windows 7 doesn't show start items. So use one of the other methods I mentioned to see what is loading at startup. If you don't know what should or shouldn't be running then you can post a list here and we'll help you.

One click means it has done all the optimizations so it will have deleted registry entries and files on your disk.
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Old 24. Oct 2015, 06:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Increased memory usage in what sense? You see more RAM being used? If yes, then you can take a look at task manager, and see what all processes are running.

If more CPU, then again, take a look at task manager to see which process is taking up high CPU usage.

It's one of the reasons why I am against tune up programs. They are advertised like they are the all-in-one solution to all your problems... but they aren't. You never know what the program will do with one click, specially when registry cleaning is involved.

Better to just stick to dependable programs like CCleaner, and that too disk cleaning, and no registry cleaning unless you are an expert.
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I agree with Anupam. So far you are only saying "memory usage is much higher than before" but you aren't saying how you came to this conclusion. I know it's too late to see what the memory usage was before you used Toolwiz Care but you must be able to see what is using up your memory now. Can you post a screenshot of Task Manager showing this high memory usage? At least we'll have something concrete to work with when we see the screenshot.

And yes, I know it's after the fact but never put you trust in so called "optimizers" and programs that promise to make your computer faster. There are no such "magical" solutions. When you put your faith in programs like these you are also trusting them to not mess up your computer. At the very worst, these programs can damage your system so badly that only reinstalling the operating system could fix the problem. Are you scared? You should be.
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And yes, I know it's after the fact but never put you trust in so called "optimizers" and programs that promise to make your computer faster. There are no such "magical" solutions. When you put your faith in programs like these you are also trusting them to not mess up your computer. At the very worst, these programs can damage your system so badly that only reinstalling the operating system could fix the problem. Are you scared? You should be.
Never a more true statement.

I know I've recounted this story before but when RegSeeker was first released with a Portuguese translation the weekend after there was a queue outside my techs shop with PC's trashed by this program. Not helped by one of the popular magazines here including it with other software on a free CD. The most amazing thing was that after having their Windows reinstalled and paying for the privilege, some of these folks were back again with the same issue. Such is the power of marketing.

Basically, if your PC is slow look at how many security programs and desktop clocks you have swallowing up resources, change it for a more powerful model or install Linux. I have never in my life seen one of these optimizing programs fix anything that was slow for reasons that were fixable by a piece of software. The best way to describe these and anything else capable of automated registry editing is like playing Russian roulette with Windows.
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Old 24. Oct 2015, 04:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for the replies. The irony is that I too am not a fan of these one-click, all-in-one 'quick fix' tuneup programs, and normally never use them (CCleaner is pretty much all I use, but not the registry cleaner). I guess, against my better judgement, i was taken in by Gizmo's rave review. I've looked at my processes and nothing's jumping out. No security conflicts (Panda AV, Zone Alarm firewall, Windows Firewall disabled), and regarding services I'm somewhere between Black Viper's safe and tweaked lists (Windows 7). I'll have to take a closer look when I've got time.

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