If my computer keeps using more and more memory does it mean I might have a virus?

by on January 6, 2010

Q: I think there is a virus on a computer at a nonprofit where I volunteer. It keeps having less and less memory available, even though it is not used that much. Before Christmas there was 15% available, then 12%, and now 10%. I have taken off unused programs and saved photos to a disk, but still have less memory than when I started. I don’t know if this is related, but every time I try to open Microsoft excel (2007 Professional) it makes it compatible with something, which takes about 20 seconds. It does not do this with Word. The computer is a Dell laptop, XP. Is this enough info to identify the problem and is there a fix, or do I have to back up everything and wipe the memory?


One Response to “If my computer keeps using more and more memory does it mean I might have a virus?”
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    If this system is owned by the non-profit I’d suggest you contact whoever is responsible for the PCs before doing anything.

    By memory are you referring to Hard drive space or RAM?