When it comes to computer memory usage, many users often battle unknown or unidentified high memory usage situations in Windows 10.
When this happens, your PC’s disk and memory seem unusually busy, and if you check the Task Manager, you see high memory usage. Then out of nowhere, your PC may start making funny sounds, and then it takes ages to load files, programs, and websites in Windows 10.
This can be a stressful situation and can affect your productivity. So, if you experience an unidentifiable high memory usage situation, what would you do?
What Causes Unidentifiable High Memory Usage
The fact that it is ‘unidentified’ means you can’t see what’s causing your PC’s high memory usage. But that doesn’t mean nothing is causing this issue. It might be due to a variety of reasons, because there’s no single cause for computer inefficiency. Here are the possible causes of unidentified high memory usage in PCs:
- Corrupted, outdated, or missing driver.
- Windows Superfetch program.
- Malware infection in your system.
- Too many startups or active programs and apps.
- Windows 10 Update installing in the background.
- A malfunctioning antivirus product.
- A bug in a newly installed program, app, or Windows Update.
This list could be longer, and your unidentified high memory usage could possibly not be among the items we’ve listed here.
What to Do When You Encounter Unidentifiable High Memory Usage
If you encounter a situation of unidentified high memory usage on your Windows 10, carry out the following activities to try to find it and fix it.
- Check Task Manager.
Although you’ve checked the Task Manager and failed to identify the program that is hogging your PC memory, you need to do further scrutiny. Sift through the Task Manager and try to find out if you missed something that could be the cause.
- Check Windows Update Section.
If an uninstalled Windows Update needs to be installed, your computer may experience high memory usage. Check your Windows Update section and see if some pending updates need to be installed. To do this, press the Windows logo key + I > select the Update and Security tile > under Windows Update, check if there are any suggested Windows Update or if there are pending installations. Install the updates and see if your system’s memory problem has been solved. If this won’t stop the memory hog, you can consider disabling the automatic memory update.
- Disable Startup Programs
Open the Task Manager by right-clicking any empty space on your Taskbar and choose Task Manager. Now, in the Task Manager, go to the Startup tab, and you’ll find a list of programs running at startup. Now, right-click on each app that you want to stop from running at startup and select Disable. Once you’re done, restart your PC and see if this solves the memory hog issue.
The best way to do this is to start in Safe Mode and then proceed to launch the Task Manager.
- Scan Your System for Malware
If the program or application causing the high memory usage is unidentifiable, then probably it’s malware. You can run a system scan using a trusted anti-malware program. Windows Defender can be a good place to start, but some malware can bypass its security features. If you find the problematic programs, remove them, restart your PC, and see if the problem is gone.
- Disable Your Malfunctioning Antivirus Product
A virus scan can also cause high memory usage, either during a background scan or if the AV tool malfunctions. You would not know this, though, because the AV will show its usage in Task Manager if active. Check if your AV scan is in process and stop it. If the scan appears frozen, reboot, then disables the AV program for some time.