#1 By: Chris Hoffman, August 31st, 2013 06:41
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.
#2 By: Sameh Elkhadem, August 31st, 2013 07:52
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.
#3 By: Ivor O'connor, August 31st, 2013 08:39
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.
#4 By: Kenny S, August 31st, 2013 08:58
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.
#5 By: BigTech, August 31st, 2013 09:05
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.
#6 By: Jason Faulkner, August 31st, 2013 10:39
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:
It is no secret that Firefox can consume quite a bit of system memory during normal usage. While the number of tabs you have open and the installed add-ons certainly contribute, even a conservatively used out of the box installation can report quite a bit of memory usage.
#7 By: Naman Sood, August 31st, 2013 11:03
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.
#8 By: David Browning, August 31st, 2013 12:27
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.
#9 By: Farris, August 31st, 2013 19:11
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.
#10 By: Jim S., August 31st, 2013 19:48
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.