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Minimem

CNET Editors' review

Tired of processes and applications that hog memory and bog down your system's response speed? This free utility is designed for managing those repeat offenders, but we found no dramatic improvements in our tests.

Minimem launches an attractive, easy-to-comprehend interface that lists the active processes that meet a user-defined threshold for memory use. From this list you may select those you want to optimize for more judicious memory use. In our tests, we found it very simple to configure the utility to optimize memory use within a range of time, i.e. from every 2 to every 1,200 seconds, and select the processes to optimize. We liked that we could choose the thresholds that trigger memory optimization.

However, we didn't discern any dramatic improvements in memory use or system performance after executing Minimem's tweaks. Checking Task Manager showed slight reductions in memory use, but differences were so small as to be negligible. Power users who need a robust memory-optimizing package will want to skip this free tool, which looks good and proved easy to use, but didn't deliver the goods.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good Initial Impression - I recommend Minimem"

    June 11, 2013  |   By lineappmaker

    Version: Minimem 2.0

    Pros

    * GoogleUpdate.exe improvement is a relief
    * OS response after startup seems a bit quicker
    * Many browser tabs don't cause system freezes - based on another review on CNET, this was one reason why I tried Minimem
    * I didn't have to configure any settings
    * Little or no jargon in the program

    Cons

    I've tried it for a few days - I've seen no negatives so far. If I see negatives in the future, I'll update this review / post another review.

    Summary

    I recommend Minimem. Thanks to Kerkia & CNET

    Updated on Jun 27, 2013

    After my earlier review, my computer started freezing. Process Lasso couldn't help too. I'm trying CCleaner Registry Clean (at computer startup & at 2 hour intervals) instead.

    Updated on Jun 28, 2013

    & CCleaners Default 'Cleaner' tab after Browser Session Saves with Session Buddy (Chome) & Session Manager (Firefox)

    Updated on Jul 23, 2013

    Surprisingly, after it's done a few times, the use of only few browser windows & tabs becomes an easy practice. I uninstalled Safari for Windows & I turn on monitor hardware acceleration only when needed. Now my computer doesn't freeze / crash.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good. Well made. Helpful."

    September 3, 2012  |   By blancheirving

    Version: Minimem 2.0

    Pros

    Easy to use (once you opt for its right-hand panel to show all processes).

    Cons

    None of any note.

    Summary

    Does an fine job of what it says it will. I watched my Windows Task Manager display a downward jump in the memory drain of every process I selected for Minimem handling. In some cases, the reductions were dramatic.

    There's been no discernible "bad side effect," i.e., a delay or hesitation or anything negative, going on with any Minimem'd process.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Tool. I'm Impressed."

    August 14, 2012  |   By amoschinoz

    Version: Minimem 1.3

    Pros

    Reduced my Firefox memory usage from 700MB down to 56MB. Very impressive that.

    Cons

    None i can think of at the moment.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Noticeably more memory"

    March 7, 2012  |   By dwierda

    Version: Minimem 2.0

    Pros

    I agree with the previous reviewers who say CNET's review is off the mark. I can tell there's more memory available and it was evident immediately after optimizing.

    Cons

    none evident so far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software, it puts IE9 and Firefox in their place!"

    July 26, 2011  |   By Platonician

    Version: Minimem 2.0

    Pros

    It works as advertised. You will recover Gigas of RAM in minutes. It stops IE and Firefox mad consumption of RAM.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    I agree with previous reviewer: CNET's review is not accurate. The program works pretty well. I've been trying to find a solution for the monstruous RAM comsuption problem of IE9 and FF4 on a Windows 7 machine for a long time. I've posted on Windows forums and when I told the incompetent guys over there that nine or ten IE9 tabs were taking up to 1.8 GB of Ram, they replied that it was normal, that I needed to buy more RAM...
    Even if the system has 4GB of RAM which is fair, opening Photoshop and listening to music caused the system to crash if IE or FF4 were open.
    So, thanks to this little program the ammount of RAM consumed by IE with the same number of tabs opened has been reduced to less than 300.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works just as advertised"

    March 23, 2011  |   By spinach_chin

    Version: Minimem 2.0

    Pros

    The only method I could find to reliably reduce my memory usage in Firefox 4.0.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Like a previous reviewer, I joined CNet for the purpose of leaving a review for this program, I am that impressed with it. I like using FF4, but my computer specs are a little light, and FF4 consumes memory even worse than its predecessors. I've searched to try to find reliable methods of reducing this memory usage. The only way I've found is to restart the browser, which can take several minutes on my slow computer - and it doesn't take long for the mem usage to get upwards of 500MB again. I installed Minimem 2.0, left the settings at default, added FF4 to the list of processes to optimize... and it just works. The default mem threshold is 300 MB, and it performs an optimize every 30 seconds. That's sufficient to keep my FF sessions running between 250 - 325 MB of memory usage. I have almost no pauses and slowdowns anymore! I highly recommend this, especially if you're having issues with Firefox

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  • 5.0 stars

    "this works well. CNET's review is 'off the mark'."

    March 23, 2011  |   By tcdoe

    Version: Minimem 2.0

    Pros

    ran this program and 10 min later it freed up 1G of ram. i call that 'spectacular'. make sure and de-check the option "do not optimize if free ram is over xxx". does not appear to adversely effect performance.

    Cons

    none that i can find

    Summary

    my first ever review. had to sign up just to give this app the credit it is due. it works great. select the running services/apps that are hogging memory. give it some time, i'm guessing that several runs are needed to optimize. this app is saving my ass. i needed to free ram for matlab. it works!!!

    i don't know why CNET didn't see any differences. some apps just can't be memory reduced, but also maybe they just didn't use the app correctly. you have to uncheck that box "do not optimize..." otherwise nothing happens.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works perfectly well; CNET's review should be updated!"

    January 16, 2011  |   By yannlh

    Version: Minimem 1.3

    Pros

    I love the ability to decide what process to optimize and the spectacular results. This small tool enables me to use my old laptop ... still!

    Cons

    None really.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant! Especially good with Firefox."

    October 15, 2010  |   By crisoco

    Version: Minimem 1.3

    Pros

    I have struggled for years to prevent Firefox from grinding to a halt with a rising virtual memory. Now, Minimem has Firefox CPU and Virtual Memory back in control.

    Cons

    Nothing whatsoever to dislike about this program..

    Summary

    My physical RAM usage before using Minimem was between 70% and 100%.
    Now with Minimem installed RAM usage has dropped to 55% to 75%.
    I have searched the internet for a solution to the problem of rising unrecovered Virtual Memory in Firefox or more commonly referred to as memory leak but apparently this is impossible to recover. The more Firefox is left with more and more tabs opened this memory can rise from 75kb to well over over 500kb. If you have limited spare memory like I have then Firefox's unrecovered memory loss can build up to such an extent that when another process (or several processes) like Norton's ccsvchst.exe kick in with the computer at near the maximum memory usage this is enough to freeze Firefox. Now with Minimem in control I can safely allow the memory usage of Firefox to creep upwards of 220mb without a hint of trouble and the computer still ticking away with 375mb of spare memory. Also the response of Firefox has greatly improved.
    I do not think that the CNET Editors' review is a fair review. I think this type of test needs to be carried out on systems already struggling with memory issues to give it a fair trial. Just look at the users review of Minimem! I previously tried RAMBooster with a RAM saving setting of only 200mb but that removed all my desktop and taskbar and that program had a good review by CNET, so it proves that Minimem can be highly effective where other programs fail. In my experience RAM used by opening Firefox tabs and windows cannot recovered except by restarting Firefox.
    My Windows XP computer has 1GB of memory installed and I have seen considerable memory regain and higher performance. I would without doubt highly recommend this little gem to anyone with memory issues, especially those suffering with poor performance when using processes like ccsvchst.exe from Norton Internet Security 2010 combined with memory leaks and unrecovered memory from Firefox 3.6.10.
    For your information I have 35 processes over 4mb monitored by Minimem every 10 seconds. I also monitor the foreground process. There is a slight delay when loading a minimised Firefox process back from the Page File but this is a small price to pay for the overall benefit.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This little gem will keep your computer fast!!!"

    April 2, 2010  |   By TSquared1988

    Version: Minimem 1.3

    Pros

    Very small program and takes minimal amount of RAM to run. Extremely effective at freeing excessive RAM taken by large processes.

    Cons

    There's no con.

    Summary

    You should get Minimem if you're trying to free up RAM. This program will help you get the extra RAM being eaten up by other processes running on your computer without slowing anything down. This program will help free up your RAM without freezing your programs. Using this program I was able to reduce Firefox 3.6 RAM consumption from over 100,000K to just 10,000K. My computer was running faster without any sluggishness since using this.

    Thanks to this little program my computer is now always running smooth and fast.

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