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  • G Robert Lewis Level 2 (225 points)

    I have never used AdBlock and I have had this problem for years.

  • EFRA75 Level 1 (0 points)



    In my Macbook Pro 4GB RAM recently note memory leak when I opened Safari even with 1 or two windows open without refresh the web content.

    In Activity monitor could see consume Web Content the Safari Spend more the 2 GB RAM (Memory Real become Memory Inactive)

    Solution: Disable All Extensions and probe one to one. Finding that Fastesttube Extension was responsible.

    Check this Info


    Best Regards

  • Taser_This Level 1 (55 points)

    This is not an extensions issue, though some may improve things due to errant extensions.  My Macs are becoming effectively unusable.  Both my MacBook and iMac spin out of memory very very quickly and constantly due to Safari.  They slow down and I easily loose an hour of productivity a day, waiting, before the performance getting so so so bad, I must resort to closing Safari, or restarting the Mac.  Safari often takes 6GB out of 8GM of physical RAM.  Restarting Safari is a hassle, and requires lots of effort and takes time.  If there are videos on opened pages, one has to go to them and stop the auto play videos.  This problem is known, has been pervasive and I cannot understand why this has not been resolved since it has been known over such a long period of time. 


    I think it is a good idea to lobby the best Mac magazine/websites to do a user poll, to embarass Apple into a fix.  I'd like to see this reported by these authoritaie Mac/Apple sources and the story talked about on NBC, CBS and ABC nightly news and on the financial web sites.  Maybe, just maybe, we can get some type of recogniation and action on Apple's part. 

  • Keith Hernandez1 Level 1 (25 points) if you want a decent petition without needing to ask a magazine.


    It's amazing this hasn't been fixed. I am pretty sure it goes back to 10.7 and safari 5.1 from what I have read on other threads and seen with my own computers. As soon as I upgraded one of my mac pros to 10.7 (left the other on 10.6) I started getting this problem. I have iStat pro on all commputers so have a good idea of my regular memory and cpu usage.

  • david koff Level 1 (5 points)

    the problem turns out to be -- SURPRISE!!! -- java and javascript. seriously, what a friggin' month for all things java, right? set your safari prefs like this and watch your RAM leakage end and safari behave normally again.


    kind of shocking.


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    annnnnnnnd after:


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  • G Robert Lewis Level 2 (225 points)

    Well, as I've been reading lately, turning off Java is probably no big deal. But doesn't a very large portion of the web depend on JavaScript to function? I think it's required for the popular "Ajax" methodology to work.


    I'm not saying you're wrong, and I will try this. But if you read through this thread you'll see several people who found a solution that worked for them, but not for other folks.


    Maybe the arms race that's been going on among the various browsers in JavaScript execution speed has led the developers to make huge tradeoffs of memory efficiency in search of ever-higher speed. I can certainly see that if you didn't worry about things like deallocating unused memory and collecting the garbage, you could save a lot of time.


    I'd be happy with a JavaScript that ran half as fast, but managed memory properly. But it could be the manufacturers feel themselves trapped in another "spec war" (like megapixels in cameras), and are afraid to drop out of the race for fear of looking bad.

  • Taser_This Level 1 (55 points)

    David, I appreciate your post, and it is great that what you describe likely solves the memory issue, however not enabling javascript (java is another less significant issue for most of us) almost all web pages used today would fail to function.   One might as well not even have a browser.  Another way of putting this, is I believe having javascript is essential.  I do suspect, and have, that pervasive javascript code is what triggers the memory issues, and that Safari is just not very good at managing it.  In fact, Safari is the worst of the worst, and makes our laptop and desktop computers nearly unusable, unless one it OK with being inconvenieced all day, every day. 


    I have put a request into the MacWorld website asking them to do a poll on this issue, and to collect user comments, and to publish in story, in the hope that their focus could help resolve this, and so that other larger media outlets such as NBC, CBS and ABC, and financial press can pick up on it, since Apple seems to have been unresponsive to this issue that effects so, so many users. 

  • Charade. Level 1 (5 points)

    Well until then, this could be a workaround (it's working for me)



    it frees up memory automatically below a user-set level.

  • G Robert Lewis Level 2 (225 points)

    I looked at that program's website and I can't figure out what it actually does. Does it just display the same pie chart that Activity Monitor (included with OS X) does? I already have that on my Dock (it's an option in Activity Monitor).


    They talk about "Smart Auto Free Mode" but don't say what it does, except "activate Free Memory automatically". Yeah? And then?

  • Charade. Level 1 (5 points)

    Basically it constantly monitors and frees up memory when it goes below a certain set threshold eg. 100MB which essentially keeps your mac running smoothly.

    So when it hits below 100MB it will free up memory (2nd image) and return you the memory being used by any applications - in our case; the safari browser.


    I don't even use the chart, just the Smart Auto Free thing

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  • G Robert Lewis Level 2 (225 points)

    Ah, I see, thanks! Too bad they don't actually explain that on their site.


    Funny, a person might almost be forgiven for thinking that something like this should be built into the Operating System. I guess they forgot.


    Back in the caveman days of mainframes, IBM used to be regularly accused of intentionally shipping software that ran slow and used lots of resources, in order to force their customers to upgrade their hardware. Not that I would ever accuse Apple of anything similar.


    As I said before, what I suspect is really going on is that, in the competitive race to claim the title of "fastest JavaScript", the browser makers are prioritizing speed above memory efficiency. Another dumb "spec war" that actually hurts consumers.

  • Taser_This Level 1 (55 points)

    Good idea.  I use iCleanMemory, another memory app in the App Store.  It has three levels of 'clean'.  Quick, Normal and Depth.  I just chose depth, and a minimum of 1200mb.  So far, over a short period time this seems helpful.  Shall report back if I can over a longer period. 

  • Saxman Level 2 (175 points)

    Are either of these programs any different than the "Purge Inactive Memory" function in Cocktail or Onyx?  I use these, and often, yet neither significantly reduce the memory usuge of Safari (currently using 4 GIGS of RAM, and am lucky I have 12), while adding from 100MB to nearly a Gig back to Free.

    It really is malfeasance that Apple has not addressed this huge memory drain...

  • Jeremy Kinsey Level 1 (5 points)

    I don't know what goes through the minds of the developers at Apple. Are they on a fruit only diet or are they stoned 24/7?


    Web Process, using 180% 

    Load on the machine as high as 4 at times, with ONLY Safari open, and Apple's site as the tab that's open.


    16GB of RAM and a 1 year old iMac.



  • CT Level 6 (17,545 points)

    Can't confirm.

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