Thanks f0dder for the Firefox closing tip. It would seem that proper closing should close all fine (I think even killing harshly in Task Manager .. DTaskManager here .. should do so - experts ?) and a reboot becomes not necessary.
And I will add that if you have a good bookmark system (e.g. Linkman) you are more likely to bite the bullet and not reopen the "saved session" windows. And note that the Session Manager extension with 3.0 now gives you the ability to see the individual windows and tabs if you want to remember that way. We tend to think what we have open is so important .. usually just start clean is best.
Now for the memory programs and tweaks ins and outs, the good, the bad and the optimized.
siouxdax, I am no expert on PC memory usage (nor how to keep Firefox from taking and hogging) however I read up on this lately. Generally these programs cannot do much for XP memory management, yet CleanMem made a case for his methodology that is reasonably interesting (below). And other programs give their own little special reasons.
Oh .. first .. can you purchase more memory ? You do not mention your current size. (I am just in the process of upgrading from 1gb and made sure a work puter was upgraded).. likely it is good to have 2 Gigs .. or more up to 4Gb (to get about 3.5 usable for programs) .. on an XP system. If you only have 512 or even 1 Gb, that would be the first big improvement, far more important than the time and effort of tweak-city. Second might be to check whether there are any pagefile tweaks, although on that the techies will comment. Note that Outertech (Linkman) has a Cacheman XP tweaking program, Linkman shows they are very good programmers, note that while they are very responsive they do not have a web-forum.
Also you can search and ask in the mozillaZine forums (and other places) about memory usage in Firefox. e.g. The Raymond page below mentions a config.trim_on_minimize setting. There is probably a lot on mozillaZine.
Then we go to the controversial RAM programs. There is a freeware program originally developed for Firefox.
Raymond mentions thishttp://www.raymond.c...program-at-interval/
(Note: bypass the google ad plague, imho google ad sites that are behind good software should block the ads to scamware and can do so with a little time and effort with google and checking. I have been trying to help mozillaZine and Noscript clean up their sites in this way.)
Minimem: reduce the memory footprint of individual programs on demand
(more google scamware-ad plague)
Interesting, although not compelling.
Now, note that Gizmo is reasonably pro for a few programs and mentions Rambooster 2. That is different than your Rambooster.net. CNet reviews say that Rambooster.net is a Chinese ripoff of Rambooster 2 that doesn't work. And the web site inspires no confidence, looking like the cookie-cutter spamware sites. Similarly Fileforum and CNet have a 2003-2004 date, indication it is abandonware, sell-anyway-ware (even the source code for the gullible newbie programmer).http://www.techsuppo...memory-optimizer.htm
Best Free Memory Optimizer -
An easy-read article and notes at bottom, CleanMem begin the "Best".
Similarly Freeware Genius, who actually liked another called SweepRam.
On the other hand, Lifehacker, quoting Mark Russinovich, says ferget about all this.http://lifehacker.co...mance-tweaking-myths
LifeHacker: Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Myths
Clean, Defrag and Boost Your RAM With SnakeOil Memory Optimizer
DonationCoder posters tend to be similarly aghast.http://www.donationc...ndex.php?topic=14332
LifeHacker: Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Mythshttp://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=14487.0
CleanMem - apparently a memory optimizer with a difference...
For balance, Shane from CleanMem gives his explanation/response here:http://www.pcwintech.com/node/145
And watch this discussion http://groups.google...68faf4ec63f?lnk=raot
alt.comp.freeware - CleanMem Memory Cleaner
Here I emphasize CleanMem because the developer, Shane, seems to be more ready to mix-it-up in explanation and discussion.
1) Close the program in the most precise way occasionally and reopen clean.
2) More memory on the system if possible.
3) Firefox tweaks
4) Pagefile or other tweaks. Consider the Outertech shareware trial for simplicity.
5) CleanMem or Minimem or other .. and report back to us
While I would like to hear if #5 really helped, probably if you do some of the earlier numbers it is not necessary.
Incidentally, for my rebooting I like Karenware's ShowStopper, rarely does it have a problem getting closed and to a restart and I simply keep an icon on the Start tab which I call Karenware Force Reboot (her program makes it trivial to set up such an icon, now I simply want to add a cordial Eudora close first, in case downloading is in process).
To be bypassed.
Firefox Ultimate Optimizerhttp://www.ghacks.ne...-ultimate-optimizer/