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AVG Toolbar Memory Leak

You are using the AVG Toolbar and suspect it is causing a memory leak on your computer.

Solution

If  you are using AVG 2011 or AVG 2013 on an older box or have noticed that your “Page File Usage” in the task manager is high or above what your physical RAM is here is what may be causing it: AVG decided that everyone needs to have this Safe Search toolbar running and keep it running in the background even if you disable the toolbar in the browser. What happens is that even though you may never even open IE or your preferred web browser, AVG still has software that phones home on a regular basis.

If you are on older hardware that does not have at least 2GB of RAM the toolbar listener will “cache” anything it thinks is interesting on an internet communication so that it can scan it–even when the toolbar is disabled–and even when you are not using a web-browser to do it.

Over a long time, this will begin to consume your computer’s RAM and slow things down considerably.

So let’s completely remove the feature:

  1. AVG has moved the “safe search toolbar” into its own program so go to Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Uninstall the AVG Toolbar.
  3. Reboot your PC.

That should fix you up!

 

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