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services.exe taking huge amounts of memory!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Evilbookworm, Nov 21, 2009.

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  1. Evilbookworm

    Evilbookworm Thread Starter

    Sep 2, 2009
    Hello. I have had my computer (custom built) for about 1.5 years now, a few problems, nothing major.

    However, today, after a long fight with a game to get it to work with the mod I had downloaded (for the game, not modifying any windows files) I find that services.exe is taking a massive amount of memory.

    Usually, this process takes about 5-25k. However, upon a restart when my computer locked up (first time in MONTHS) I open task manager, and find it's taking 1,214,706K (fluctuating) Ram! It doesn't increase as I've heard it do for others, just sits wherever it is when I start up. The amount changes on startup when I reboot, but never below 75k and mostly in three bands-- 500-550K, 700-800K and 1,200,000-1,300,000K.

    Also of note, it returns to normal when I loaded in safe mode.

    I uninstalled the game and mod, no reaction. I don't think it's a virus, though I'm running my checker when I can.

    OS is windows XP professional, Service pack 2 (I'm trying to get it to download SP3, just in case that helps)

    I've never had this problem, and have not installed any drivers, firewalls, etc recently. Only that game/mod.

    I also used process explorer, I didn't see any process with an unusally high ram usage to account for it... I'd post a screenshot, but I don't know how here. I'm just literate enough to use a help function, not enough to know what's wrong.

    Some research I did online suggested error logs, and one did come up often-- Service control manager/atimtag, under "system" and WGA setup/ccScvHst under application. I've tried clearing logs and cutting down the amount of space they can use, nothing. I'm wondering if removing that space entirely will fix it, though dropping it hasn't had any noticable effect.

    I've tried everything I know, and it's 0230 in the morning, i need sleep,and I leave this message in a bottle, in the hopes I can get some aid when I need it. I'm not too savvy, so anything beyond "click this" assume I'm dumb, especially with links, as my machine isnt' fond of me and the internet right now.
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