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    Memory 'leak' XP Adobe Reader 5 or 6 (Win XPP SP1 IE6SP1)

    I have noticed for some time that often, I can't say every time, but I suspect every time, when I use Adobe Acrobat Reader (it has happened in 5 and the new 6.0) and I close the PDF window (and thought I closed Adobe, and technically I did) if I check the processes on Task Manager, ithe memory ussage by Acrobat Reader is at the top of the list with about 50,076K and Virtual Memory Size for this item is 42,024K. The only thing close is IExplorer. Memory usage that seems to be the number that matters most stays low most of the time unless an excessive number of Windows pushing 50 are opened. It doesn't list as Not-Responding because its program is closed, so it isn't a case of waiting and giving a program time to respond.

    I don't have anything corresponding for this on the Applications list once I close the PDF so
    "End Process" would be the only way to kill it. I know that Memory Usage values aren't hard and fast and they are only relative approximations and that chunks of memory are often shared--two or more programs can used the same code stored in the same place but listed separately. Does killing the Adobe Process with the End Process button help me cumulatively in memory usage, and shouldn't it disappear as a process using memory when the PDF is closed?

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    Re: Memory 'leak' XP Adobe Reader 5 or 6 (Win XPP SP1 IE6SP1)

    My Adobe reader (5.1) seems to behave itself OK. Disappears totally when I close it, and memory usage is about 25k (28k max) even with 250k pdfs. Maybe ther's something in your config?
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    Re: Memory 'leak' XP Adobe Reader 5 or 6 (Win XPP SP1 IE6SP1)

    Tim--

    Mine disappears when I close it, unless by totally you mean no entry in processes. Open it up to read a PDF, close the PDF (Reader) and then go to Processes tab and see if you have that AcroRd32.exe entry. In the short run it doesn't seem to impact actual CPU consumption at all, and I know those process numbers are not perfectly acurate in TM, but I wondered what would happen if I start using more CPU gulping applications at once? Would you kill that entry I showed and do you have it on your process list after you close a PDF you read?

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    Re: Memory 'leak' XP Adobe Reader 5 or 6 (Win XPP SP1 IE6SP1)

    Disappears totally, as in acrord32.exe pops up in processes while viewing a pdf, and vanishes when done.

    Not sure what harm killing the entry (that shouldn't? be there) would do? But there's a quick way to find out!
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    Re: Memory 'leak' XP Adobe Reader 5 or 6 (Win XPP SP1 IE6SP1)

    It never seems to do any harm, but I wondered if I was keeping myself from any cumulative "CPU burden" later if I run more CPU intensive programs. It has a high relative number, but still doesn't seem to impact CPU significantly. I know it's always preferable to End Task rather than to Kill a Program, but there is no application corresponding to End Task on. Adobe Reader won't show up in Applications when it's closed--just the process lingers on.

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