Safari is draining all my memory!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by newdayrising, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. newdayrising macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2008
    For some reason Safari is draining about a gigabyte every 2-3 minutes. Even with only one or two windows open. Not sure why the heck it's happening. I have to restart my computer to get the memory back. Any suggestions on why this is happening?
    thanks so much!
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Try cleaning Safari:

    1. Download OnyX (a free maintenance utility).

    2. Open OnyX and Click Cancel on these two Alert Panels:
    -Cancel the S.M.A.R.T. Box
    -Cancel the Startup Volume Box

    3. Enter your Password

    4. Click on the Cleaning Tab

    5. In each tab, execute the command. Check all the boxes in each tab. When its finished in that tab, it will ask you to reboot. Say NO. Go on to the next tab and repeat until all tabs are done. THEN REBOOT.
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Are we talking virtual RAM or real RAM?
  4. kvasir macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    What version of Safari are you using? I'm having similar issues with the developer preview version 4. There are times the usage jumps to 1gb and that's after about half an hour after fresh boot. I uninstalled, reinstalled and have the same issue.

    The Onyx tip would be where I would start. Have you cleared your caches lately?
  5. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Safari 4 Developer Preview gave me the same result, too. Safari 3.2 is fine, but the developer preview would eat over 400mb of RAM.

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