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  1. Joji

    @Ashraf: ROFL ROFL. True, writing reviews are hard and Ashraf’s hobby is to write reviews, share awesome giveaways to his fellow peeps, and is a super hero to many. I think I should start calling Ahsraf Super Ashraf… LoL, joking joking.

    Anyways, it’s also amazing how Ahsraf made this site… either he used a template, or he designed the layout himself, it’s truely impressive.

    @Janice: Janice, so if no one made “review sites” like this one and only Cnet was the only site that did reviews, then what good is that? I mean, it’s always good to learn from other people’s advices and opinions, and not from only one source. Humans makes mistakes, and we aren’t perfect at all. Even Cnet makes misleading and bad reviews too! They even reviewed on a “untrustworthy” applications and said it was “good”! Now if you don’t mind… please stop with your nonsense and rubbish ways. :)
    If you can, please say sorry to Ashraf or anything nice to him as an apology. I’m sure Ashraf will forgive you. :D …and don’t be shy or anything, we all make mistakes in some point in our lives too! ;)

    ~Joji~

  2. Joji

    Thanks! I forgot to mention I use Windows XP… I did a bit of research and they said on Windows XP, it’s called “Scheduled Tasks” under Control Panel.

    Thanks very much for your reply, I greatly appreciate it! :D

    Hurrayz for fast computers!

    ~Joji~

  3. MikeR

    @Joji:

    Hi Joji.

    Re CleanMem. Main thing to get to grips with here is that CleanMem has a GUI. . . but not in the conventional sense:

    Windows Task Scheduler.

    Because it’s WTS that ‘runs’ CleanMem.

    The procedure for varying CleanMem’s operational schedule is very quick and straightforward, as follows:

    1) Open Task Scheduler (in Vista, which is my OS, just type ‘Task Scheduler’ into the Start Search box.)

    2) Double click on the Task Scheduler ‘result’ to open.

    3) You’ll see an entry reading “Clean System Memory”. RIGHT CLICK on it and in the drop down menu, go to ‘Properties’.

    4) The Clean System Memory Properties (Local Computer) screen will now open.

    5)/ Click on the tab marked Triggers (second from left, at top.)

    6) The Trigger screen will now display. Left click on the CleanMem entry to highlight it (it should read ‘at system startup — After triggered, repeat every 30 minutes’)

    7) Click on the Edit button at the bottom of the screen.

    8) The Edit Trigger screen will now display.

    9) The lower half of the screen displays Advanced Settings. The first entry will be greyed out (box unchecked), but the second entry will be ‘live’ (box checked). Next to this entry is the interval timing options list. Currently, it will show 30 minutes.

    10) Click on the little arrow to access the drop-down and select whichever interval option you wish: 5 minutes / 10 minutes / 15 minutes / 30 minutes or 1 hour.

    11) Having made your selection, click OK. This will close the edit screen and reveal the Properties screen. Click OK again. This will close Properties and leave only the Task Scheduler screen showing. Close the TS screen.

    12) And that’s it.

    If you wish to run CleanMem on demand (as I do, when circumstances dictate) then simply create a shortcut of the exe which you’ll find in the C: ProgramsCleanMem folder, then drag and drop the shortcut into your QuickLaunch bar.

    The above may look a bit tedious but. . . it ain’t.

    And of course the beauty of assigning CleanMem’s control to Windows Task Scheduler means that CleanMem is about as small, light and fast as it gets: no clunky software GUI here; CleanMem is using an existing Windows feature as its front end (and, equally cleverly, using a standard Windows API to perform its duty.)

    Software writing doesn’t get much better’n that.

    Incidentally, Windows Task Scheduler is itself a handy bit of kit to know about anyway.

    Hope this helps.

    All best:

    MikeR

  4. Joji

    Hey guys… I need help.

    I downloaded “CleanMem” and installed it. I read Ashraf’s short review and I was impressed, so I tried it out.

    The only problem is that I don’t get the ignore and only list included with the program. I did sorta read the readme… but it’s way too long and I don’t understand.

    Another thing is the 64bit ignore and only list… can I delete that manually? I don’t need it, but will it screw up my system if I manually delete the 64 bit one? I use 32 bit Win XP.

    Thanks.

    ~Joji~

  5. Joe_b_wan

    Howdy Ashraf,

    I use Sysmetrix and TinyResMeter on my two Windows boxes and Gkrellm on my Linux box. Gkrellm is also available for Windows, although not with as many options/plugins I believe.

    Joe

    P.S. Ooops, I think you’re talking about managers here, not monitors. Sorry.

  6. MikeR

    Sorry, meant to add: the above is Shane’s way of doing it and as he’s the inventor, fair enough. Me, I simply have a QL shortcut to the app in C:Programs/CleanMem, useful for whenever I need manual intervention.

  7. MikeR

    @1, AnAceBuyer:

    The beauty of CleanMem is that you won’t see it running. Because it doesn’t run in the background, all the time.

    It’s a truly clever little install-and-forget app that wakes up every half hour or so in order not to hog computer resources unnecessarily.

    Task Scheduler runs it; CleanMem’s actual period of activity will at most be a couple of seconds.

    And of course, it doesn’t — like so many allegedly brilliant memory managers — play around with the page file / hard disk but merely calls upon a Microsoft API.

    I know it’s counter-intuitive, installing an app you can’t easily or readily see at work, but it does indeed do its job.

    Shane, the developer, advises thus:

    “If you want to see it working what you do is open the windows task manager. Go to the processes tab and look at the memory usage. Then open the windows run command and type in cleanmem. You will see cleanmem in the task manager for a sec. then all the memory drop on everything else.”

    For further info, go to the PcWinTech forum where Shane is senior administrator.

  8. AnAceBuyer

    Hi, Ashraf.

    Thanks for this fine review. On your recommendation, I loaded and installed CleanMem in my Windows 7 laptop. I can find no evidence that it is running, though. Do you know of a way to activate a console or other diagnostic tool to observe its configuration/performance?