Sometimes, it is common to notice that the computer runs slower than usual. When it comes to working, this is a problem since productivity and efficiency in tasks are significantly reduced.
In addition, for people, it means an increase in stress and frustration at not being able to develop and complete the most straightforward jobs.
If you have ever identified with these feelings because your computer was running as slow, it is probably due to a lack of RAM.
For that reason, at Rambox, we show you the best tricks to free up RAM and recover your computer’s speed so you can perform your functions typically and increase your productivity.
- What is RAM?
- Initial steps to free up RAM
- 6 ways to free up RAM on your Windows 11
- How does Rambox help you set up RAM?
What is RAM?
RAM (Random Access Memory) is the main memory of any device, from computers to cell phones. It temporarily stores the data of the programs you are currently using. It manages the data of the running applications, so the more RAM you have, the more applications you can handle simultaneously. Therein lies its importance.
RAM has two fundamental characteristics that differentiate it from other types of storage:
- It has tremendous speed.
- Data is stored only temporarily. When you reboot or turn off the device, the data stored in RAM will be lost.
RAM is a physical component of the device that comes in the form of a card connected directly to the device’s motherboard. RAM cards have different integrated memory modules connected, and in devices such as computers, there are slots to add multiple RAM cards to increase memory.
Mainly there are two types of RAM:
- DDR (Double Data Rate): they can perform two operations in each clock cycle. They are activated twice in each clock signal cycle, either by level (high or low) or edge (rising or falling).
- SDR (Single Data Rate): they perform only one read or write operation.
Initial steps to free up RAM
The following tips for freeing up RAM can be used regardless of whether you have a Windows or Mac device. Here is a list of simple steps before taking more aggressive measures to free up space:
As mentioned above, RAM is characterized by storing data temporarily and only for the programs running at the time. Processes and programs are running in the background without your knowledge, so restarting the computer will clean up the processes running in the background that could consume your PC’s RAM.
For this reason, restarting your computer is the easiest way to free up RAM storage space without the risk of losing files or documents you are working on.
Clear RAM cache
The cache relies heavily on RAM, using short-term memory to reload pages you have recently visited. This helps you browse the Internet quickly, but it can demand a large amount of RAM that might be needed to finish other, more critical tasks.
If you have already tried restarting your device, clearing your browser’s cache may be your solution to free up RAM.
Try other browsers
There are many options when choosing a browser, and some browsers are better designed than others to allocate and manage RAM usage.
We know that habits are hard to change, and we all have a favorite browser. However, if you’ve cleared your browser’s cache and still notice that it’s running slowly, it may indicate that you need to try new, more intelligent browsers.
Google Chrome may be one of the favorites and most used by users, but it is one of the most RAM-consuming browsers. If you regularly use Google Chrome and your PC is running slow, we recommend trying browsers like Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Brave, and Opera.
Updating applications is essential, firstly, for security reasons. Secondly, updates can help you reduce RAM waste.
When a program does not return RAM to the pool once it has finished using those resources, it is called a memory leak. These leaks, over time, will use an increasing amount of RAM space and cause a lack of resources for the other applications on your system.
Updates are based on fixing bugs and problems from previous versions, so it is expected that if an application has a memory leak, the update will include a fix for this problem.
Also, the latest updates usually include optimizations and improvements so that the software can use less RAM.
Remove unused extensions
The extensions that browsers allow you to install can be a handy tool to increase productivity and efficiency in our work. But it is one of the most frequent causes of RAM consumption.
Extensions are loaded into memory when the browser is opened and store many resources over time. It is common to install extensions occasionally or to try something new and then forget to delete them. A simple way to free up RAM is to prevent extensions that you do not usually use from consuming RAM.
6 ways to free up RAM on your Windows 11
If the above tips have yet to help to free up RAM and make your device recover or increase its operating speed, it’s time to make changes a little more technical. Here is a compilation of 6 ways to free up RAM memory on a Windows 11 device:
Windows Task Manager makes finding the source of RAM exhaustion simple. This tool shows exactly which programs and processes are consuming the most RAM.
To access the task manager and check the status of your RAM, follow the steps below:
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Del or click start and type “task manager” in the search engine.
- Once the task manager is open, click on the “Processes” tab and the “Memory” heading. In this section, you will see a list of the programs and processes that consume more RAM, ordered from highest to lowest.
With this list in front of you, you can close the applications that are consuming the most RAM at that moment, which you can temporarily do without. To close these applications, you must right-click on the application you want to close and choose the “End task” option. The application will close immediately, and you will free the RAM it was consuming.
It is also possible that an application accumulates a lot of information while running. In this case, it is OK to continue the task but to restart it. To restart applications, you must go back to the “Processes” section, right-click on the application that is accumulating data, and click “Restart”.
Finally, a high RAM consumption may be due to all those applications that, by default, start with the system when you turn on the computer. To disable this function, go to the “Startup” tab in the task manager. From this section, right-click on the applications and select the “Disable” option to prevent the application from starting with the system.
Uninstall unused programs
Once you have identified the programs and applications that consume the most RAM, thanks to the task manager, you may specify an application that consumes a large amount of memory. They may be applications you hardly use or applications you need at specific times. In either case, the best thing to do is to uninstall the application and look for a more efficient alternative.
To uninstall applications, you must go to “Windows Settings” and click on the “Applications” section. Select “Apps and Features,” find the application consuming RAM, and choose the “Uninstall” option. Some programs are best uninstalled from the old application uninstaller of previous Windows versions. To find it, scroll down to the bottom of this menu and click on the “Programs and Features” option.
Reduce background applications
Some applications are programmed to run in the background, although we are not using them. These types of applications are not only often responsible for RAM shortages but also for excessive battery and bandwidth consumption. For example, applications running behind the scenes can help receive notifications or perform automatic updates. However, when they become a nuisance when performing tasks, monitoring the applications and disabling them as needed becomes a priority.
To disable applications running in the background, you must go to “Settings” and click on the “Privacy” section. Using the category panel on the left side of the window, scroll down until you find “Background Apps.” Here you will find a list of such applications, and you can enable or disable any of them.
Clean page file
The page file can prevent your computer from slowing down even when RAM is almost exhausted. It is stored on the hard disk, so unlike RAM, it is not automatically deleted when the PC is turned off or restarted.
It is possible to program the computer so that the page file is automatically deleted when the device is restarted, although this must be done manually.
To program this function, click “Start” and type “Registry Editor” in the search panel. The computer will ask if you want the registry editor to change your device. You must click “Yes.” Once these steps are done, you must scroll down on the left side of the window and click on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.” Once in this section, you will click on the following sections (consecutively):
- Current control set
- Session Manager
- Memory management
- Value data
- Enter value 1
Swapping images for performance
As technology develops, so does the design and aesthetic multimedia content that goes with it. Images, videos, and animations consume a large amount of RAM. For this reason, if your computer is slowing down due to a lack of RAM and the aesthetic aspect of the device is not a priority when performing your tasks, you should consider changing the visual effects to have a better performance.
To decrease the visual effects of your PC, you must first go to the “File Explorer” located in the taskbar or the start button. Click “This PC” on the left and select the “Priorities” option. Click on the “Advanced System Settings” option and open the “Advanced” tab at the top edge. Once in this section, select the “Performance” option and “Adjust for best performance.” In this section, you can disable all animations or decide which visual effects you want to leave active or inactive.
Make sure your computer is malware-free
If you have tried all the above tips and your computer is still running slowly and inefficiently, your device may have malware. Malware is a term used to describe any malicious program or code harmful to systems, attempting to invade, damage, or disable computers, computer systems, networks, tablets, and mobile devices, thus interfering with their regular operation.
It would help if you scanned your computer for malware. To do this, you must open the “Windows Security Settings”. Then select “Threat and Virus Protection” and click “Scan Options.” Once in this section, choose “Windows Defender Offline scan” and click “Scan now.” It is essential that before doing this process, you make sure that you have saved all open files and closed applications and programs because the computer will restart, and you could lose this data. The offline exam takes approximately 15 minutes to run.
To view the test results, go to “Windows Security Settings” once the PC has restarted. Select “Threat and Virus Protection” and click “Virus Protection History”. The Windows Defender scan will automatically detect and remove the malware or, failing that, quarantine it.
Preventively, in order not to be affected by malware again, we recommend using anti-malware to detect any possible malicious software and avoid system malfunction. In addition, anti-malware will also allow you to reset the proxy, Winsock, TCP/IP, firewall, and Host file settings.
How does Rambox help you set up RAM?
The mere fact of using Rambox already presents benefits in terms of consumption since the app’s main objective is to get rid of using different desktop apps or opening several websites in their browsers which, in the long run, increases the use of resources in users’ systems. Rambox concentrates the applications and websites desired by users into a single desktop application, which helps mitigate CPU consumption and overflow.
Rambox comes with an internal App Manager dashboard, which displays real-time metrics for each application and process running within Rambox. Here, users can disable applications or kill processes as well. Just open the quick search panel (Alt+Shift+K) and type “app manager” to find it.
Rambox also allows you to instantly disable applications you are not using at the moment, which may be consuming a considerable amount of resources in the background. Right-click on the application and select “Enabled” to activate or deactivate the application.
At the same time, Rambox offers an option to automatically hibernate any desired application after a period of idle time, which restricts it from using main memory and pauses its background usage to preserve resources. At this point, you can set some minutes of inactivity, after which the application will be hibernated.
You can also start the desired application that is already hibernated and “wake it up” when you decide to use it. To configure this option, you only have to right-click on the application, select “Settings”, and add the time you consider appropriate.
When Rambox detects that some application is consuming a reasonably high amount of CPU, or if the amount of CPU consumption is unusual for a short time, you will be automatically notified so you can reload or disable the application and prevent it from endangering other applications or slowing down Rambox in general.
If you are overwhelmed by the number of applications you have to work with, consuming your RAM, and making your desktop extremely low, try Rambox for free. All you have to do is download the program, configure it to your liking, and enjoy its functionalities. No cards, no cheating, it’s that simple!