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Memory full despite trashing big files

by El Bairdo / September 1, 2016 5:06 AM PDT

Mac OSX version 10.6.8
Memory 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3
No matter how many applications, documents, etc. I junk my computer's memory immediately fills up again.
This appears to have started when I emailed some photos. Now that email has duplicated itself hundreds of times. When I look at On My Mac - Recovered messages, I find hundreds of copies of this email. Is this a bug, a virus? What should I do? I am trying to throw away that email but I think it is reproducing...

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Clarification Request
Are we talking RAM or disk space?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2016 8:37 AM PDT

Memory in OSes like OS X should be used since it's faster than the HDD. So the memory should always be at or near 100% in use to get the most performance.

This can alarm old DOS or new users.

But if it's disk space and the email duplicating that sounds like a Trojan or such. Did you happen to install something prior to this issue?

Also, why not empty the recovered messages?

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Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 1, 2016 3:05 PM PDT

It's free and does a good job of finding the few nasties that harm the Mac.


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If this is still on
by SteveMun80 / February 7, 2017 5:43 AM PST

It sounds like a virus, Also, check what processes are running in Activity Monitor. This might get you a hint what's going on by the most heaviest process. Also, trashing big files might be not a solutions, chunky files can sometimes appear as technical files during app installations. For future reference, Mac OS X update is a must, since the issue may reappear. Old versions of OS have security flaws.

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Moved on
by El Bairdo / February 7, 2017 9:49 AM PST
In reply to: If this is still on

Thanks for your suggestions. This problem is resolved but in an expensive way. Bought a new Mac with the latest system, Sierra.

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So the problem was never solved and, I presume,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 7, 2017 1:42 PM PST
In reply to: Moved on

you moved some files from the old machine to the new one.
If it was some form of Malware, not a virus, then I wonder what the chances are of you having moved the malware too?
Just a thought.

Did you every run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac as advised?

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So far so good
by El Bairdo / February 8, 2017 1:29 AM PST

Well, to date, no probs with the new machine.
As I recall, I tried to run Anti-Malware but it made no difference.

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Fair enough
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 8, 2017 4:46 AM PST
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thanks for the update


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