Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/171424/why-memory-optimizers-and-ram-boosters-are-worse-than-useless/
Many companies want to sell you “memory optimizers,” often as part of “
C optimization” programs. These programs are worse than useless — not only will they not speed up your computer, they’ll slow it down.
what about Cleanmem? they say that it's not a snake oil
CleanMem keeps memory use in check on the system without the memory being pushed to the page file. This in turn keeps the system running smoother.
Well to be honest windows uses a plan it thinks is best in most scenarios. Your mileage may vary. Dramatically. And if you know what you are doing then you can alter things so that windows default settings don't get in the way too much. However you'd probably be better off moving to Linux where you have much more open standards so you can fine tune things more easily.
Partial truths here. The cache can hold junk information and not information that you will use. You open the taskmanager and kill apps. The computer is still slow. A reboot is needed and after the reboot the computer is snappy again (this applies even to optimized computers with few startup programs.) again.... I repeat this happens even if you try killing apps from the taskmanager. This happens to my android phone as well... The ram boosters are annoying... But the claim that the os can manage ram without a hitch is equally annoying if not more so, and i keep reading that everywhere. Its wrong. A reboot seems to fix things... If the OS was so great in managing memory a reboot would never be needed. And yes there are some people that never reboot and they will claim that their pc's are running fine. Well... That means you are nit stressing the computer enough with multiple programs.
It should be noted that memboosters can be useful. See there are some applications out there that shall we say, aren't very responsoible with clean up I.e they do not release the memory after they've been closed. This is usually sloppy programming.
This was actually a problem in the earlier days but now, windows has gotten smarter about such things and programmers have gotten better. The best way to keep your memory humming. CHeck Task manager and take note occasionally which apps are using memory. Maybe replace those apps.
For those wondering how this applies to browsers (namely Firefox), I did a detailed writeup on this a while ago which shows exactly what happens:
Wait a second. I restart my laptop once a month (for Windows updates), and when I restart, open Chrome and load up the 9348082 tabs I had open before restarting, I feel absolutely no performance difference at all.
8 GB RAM, no pagefile (disabled it). Laptop is fast as greased lightning.
A previous poster mentioned cleanmem. I have found this free utility useful especially on systems with limited resources. The author does not claim it will speed up your system or magically increase free/usable memory. Objective is to reduce the frequency of writes to the system page file using native Windows APIs. See link below for further discussion.
I'm afraid I have to agree with BigTech here, memory cleaners can be useful for those running programs that don't want to release memory when shut down. It would be nice if Task manager would force that release, but all it's doing (this from past experience, "Your Mileage May Vary") is shutting down the program, not cleaning up after it. On the other hand, if you don't use any programs like NSDCars must not, then you don't have a need for them, and they serve no purpose.
I totally disagree with this statement.
I run a Dell Dimension E521 with 3GB ram , originally came with Vista 32bit, and it kept stalling every few minutes to free up ram. After I installed Mz Ram Booster my PC ran as smooth as silk.
I still use MZ Ram Booster now that I have Win 7 installed and as I said before, my PC runs like a dream, NO stalling to recover ram either.
Well, Hermit. I, too, have a Dimension E321, but with XP & 4GB of RAM. AND, I also use Mz Ram Booster but prefer FreeMem Professional.
The big mistake this article makes is that it totally ignores how many programs WILL NOT CLEAR THE VIRTUAL RAM CACHE OR THE PHYSICAL RAM CACHE WHEN THEY GET FILLED UP WHILE RUNNING ONE OR MORE PROGRAMS.
Often, the programs' DLLs and add-ons get left behind, too, instead of being removed with the programs' executables. How many times has your Firefox browser crashed b/c of how Mozilla uses those screwed-up plugin-containers to handle all instances of Flash and ShockWave graphics?
But, the right thing to do is to periodically clean out the memory - in the local cache; in the roaming cache; in the Virtual Ram, and in the Physical Ram.
What you do not want to do is run out of disk space when Microsloth;s memory management monster STEALS it from your C: DRIVE even if you specified another drive to hold the virtual RAM.
Clearing out Firefox's cache, the virtual memory cache, and the hardware RAM will absolutely ditch these anchors and speed up your programs while keeping the Mozilla Monster from "flashing" the Microsoft Reporting Tool.
Microsloth's memory management algorithms will go and grab MORE disk space when MORE virtual RAM is needed, but it won't release it when it doesn't really need it.
Every tweaking site recommends manually setting the cache size to a fixed maximum rather than letting memory management move it in between the alleged minimum of aroud 30MB to its alleged maximum of around 3,000MB
Step 1 - Uninstall bad Ram optimisations apps. (the only ones that were worth a damn were the ones that helped you switch between high and low mem in DOS and optimised your autoexec.bat etc. "Man I now gots me 630K!")
Step 2 - Load up Ebay.
Step 3 - Buy some more RAM.
Step 4 - Install Ram.
Step 5 - Carry on as normal.
Why is this being shown as new? Its not, as a quick look at the comments will tell. On the other hand, holy crap we've been using discourse for that long now?
I do like this site but they do need more writers for new articles/topics..and quickly!
I disagree. I used Cleanmem on a XP laptop (1 GB) and it DID speed up my system. Cleanmem uses the API EmptyWorkingSet. Like the author of Cleanmem has said, it didn't make a difference of night & day but it did speed up that system. I certainly could see the difference.
So, the assumption that a memory optimizer using the API EmptyWorkingSet is slowing down one's system is sheer nonsense.
Another way Cleanmem can help to optimize memory usage is that it can collapse the filecache. I have seen the filecache grow to truly GIANT sizes (i.e. GBs). It happens when I use one backup program. Thanks to Cleanmem I can let the filecache collapse. The alternative would have been restarting my system.
Thanks for the article. I purchased a TuneUp/Optim program and it made my PC slower and got rid of essential files that were needed
if you can increase your memory ram, increase them; if not, these memory optimizers will work wonders for you. I run imacros round the clock with netbook having max 2GB memory; these critters worked. I used netbook for data acquisition as it consumed only 38 watts compared to more than 150 watts for desktops.
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