a virus???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by soundmann18, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. soundmann18 macrumors newbie

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    My powerbook g4 is losing memory. If I switch from one thing to another on finder, it loses .1 MB / second or so. How can I figure out what is writing to the memory?

    The weird part about this is that I haven't been online in months on it, I plugged it into the network at work today to try to get online, but I couldn't get online without a password or configuring it correctly or what have you.
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    It can't be a virus can it if you havn't been online in ages?

    Plus it's a Mac....


    Which process is it that's expanding? You should be able to spot it in Activity Monitor...
     
  3. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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    You mean hard drive space right? if so it is probably just allocating swap space and or cache space.
     
  4. soundmann18 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found something in my recent activity folder called "pipedaemon" i didn't like the way that sounded, so i put it in trash and restarted, now i'm not losing any memory any more, but i can't figure out what is written to my computer, I think i've lost atleast 4 GB today - i didn't notice I was losing memory until iTunes told me there was nothing available, and i think I had 6 gb free last time I used this. right now i have 156.7 MB available.
     
  5. soundmann18 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    activity monitor has me at 5% usage right now, and that extra couple of gb has not showed up
     
  6. soundmann18 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok, i just noticed that i have 4.5 GB of VM, but 1 GB of free System Memory, can I change that around some?
     
  7. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Take it to the local apple store and get them to fit more RAM...

    Seriously though, download Disk Inventory X and nail down that file that's eating your hard drive.
     
  8. soundmann18 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    g4 powerbook, already maxed out with 1.25 gb, whatever it was stopped for now atleast, next time i'm online with this i'll see what I can do- thanks for the fast replies everyone
     

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