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Safari Web Content using 2GB of RAM?

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Ethanace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 4, 2013 10:37 AM

I posted about my iMac crashing some months ago, after having some concerns that Safari was causing my system to hang up and/or crash; but I was told that my ESET AntiVirus was at fault and that I should uninstall it despite it being no problem for over a year that I've had it.

 

However, I now finally have evidence at hand that Safari IS indeed the problem and would like to know if anyone has been having this issue. I currently have no tabs open other than the page that I am now using to compose this text, however Safari Web Content is somehow still using up 1.21GB of RAM on it's own despite only having one page up. I only have 4GB of RAM installed since purchase, however since this issue is fairly reoccurring I have as of today ordered some more compatible RAM to upgrade to 8GB to see if this helps the problem. However this is not a solution as Safari should not be consuming this much memory on it's own anyway.

 

With 3 or more tabs open, my RAM had dropped to literally 21MB free, and over 2GB was used by Safari. Why is it doing this, is this normal? How can it be fixed?

 

OS X 10.8.4

Safari 6.0.5

 

iMac 21.5 inch late 2009

3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

4.0GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 18.24.11.png

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,230 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 12:30 PM (in response to Ethanace)

    Safari on my iMac with v10.8.4 and Safari 6.0.5 often uses up to 3GB of RAM and that's with five or six other applications open simulateneously.

     

    Never had a problem.

     

     

    And BTW, whoever suggested uninstaling the ESET a/v software was trying to do you a favor.

     

    Either ClamXav or Sophos are Mountain Lion compatible and safer to use on your Mac.

     

    And make sure Gatekeeper is enabled to prevent malware  >  OS X: About Gatekeeper

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 3:47 PM (in response to Ethanace)

    Ethanace wrote:

     

    I have as of today ordered some more compatible RAM to upgrade to 8GB to see if this helps the problem

    I'm confident you will see a dramatic difference. Safari, like most all browsers these days, are huge RAM hogs.

    Safari should not be consuming this much memory on it's own anyway.

    I don't know what makes you believe that.

  • joelfriedman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to MadMacs0)

    Hi,

     

    Just jumping in here as I'm having a similar problem, but I have 16GB of RAM.  My symptoms are not just seeing how much RAM is being used by Safari web content (3+ GB) in Activity Monitor, but that it has only *recently* started, and it is slowing Safari down to a crawl...  I get the  spinning beachball a lot now, often for a minute or more at a time. when I hit the down arrow to move down a webpage.  I'm not doing anything special on these webpages, these are just webpages with text, some graphics (and sometimes Flash video, which is a whole other can of worms), but the point is: I've ALWAYS been doing that.  Nothing has changed.  I had it with 10.8.4 and now 10.8.5.  I have enough RAM to run on so I really wouldn't care how much RAM web content was taking if it wasn't making my machine suddenly - and sporadically - run so slow.

     

    Any thoughts?  I'm starting to see other threads on this topic, and some are saying "wait for 10.9." Well,  yeah, but I'm an audio guy so I'm not going bleeding edge with 10.9 for a while, until they get everything sort first with software and drivers.

     

    Best,

     

    Joel

     

    2008 MacPro (3,1), OS 10.8.5, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB internal boot etc. (yes, I have plenty of room on my boot drive, over 500 GB).

     

    Message was edited by: joelfriedman

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to joelfriedman)

    joelfriedman wrote:

     

    Hi,

     

    I get the  spinning beachball a lot now, often for a minute or more at a time.

    Start with Flash Player Help / Uninstall Flash Player | Mac OS and then reinstall it from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. If you still see it check Macintosh OS X Beachballs!.

  • joelfriedman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 4:08 PM (in response to MadMacs0)

    Hi,


    Thank you for the reply.  Just did the Flash portion. The web content is down to 1.83 GB for now.  I did get one brief beachball.  I'll look at the Beachball thread later if need be.  Most appreciated!

     

    Bets,

     

    Joel

  • grimsrudjk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 15, 2013 12:22 PM (in response to MadMacs0)

    MadMacs0 wrote:

    Safari should not be consuming this much memory on it's own anyway.

    I don't know what makes you believe that.

    Really? Really, really? You think it's acceptable that Safari should consume more memory than all of the OS X operating system itself? And you think this is normal?

     

    Can we get a real solution to this? Upgrading RAM isn't always feasible, and it seems like the solutions that have been posted have been in ignorance. Upgrading RAM will definitely help, but that doesn't address the issue of why Safari was using this much memory in the first place.

     

    In reality, this is a bug. Safari uses 2GB of RAM when running for a long time. When Safari is closed and reopened with the same tabs, that amount of memory drops to around 125MB.

    In the world of software coding, this is known as a "memory leak". It needs to be reported to Apple. They need to fix this.

     

    In the meantime, you'll probably have to switch to a different browser.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Oct 15, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to grimsrudjk)

    grimsrudjk wrote:

     

    MadMacs0 wrote:

    Safari should not be consuming this much memory on it's own anyway.

    I don't know what makes you believe that.

    Really? Really, really? You think it's acceptable that Safari should consume more memory than all of the OS X operating system itself? And you think this is normal?

    I didn't say it was acceptable or normal, just that it does.  At this moment it is using 3.58GB with my setup.

    It needs to be reported to Apple. They need to fix this.

    And it should be, so have at it: https://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html.  Discussing it here almost certainly isn't going to get anything fixed.

     

    Message was edited by: MadMacs0

    Added: Closing and re-opening gets it down to 1.8GB.

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