Thursday, March 15, 2012
Virtual Memory is Too Low
I recently cleaned up a buddy's computer that was overloaded with spyware, adware, trojans, worms, extraneous anti-virus software, and all the other little .exe files from all the programs installed that were useless eaters of RAM, making his CPU operate at a sloth's pace. His PC stopped working and kept displaying the "Virtual Memory is Too Low" warning. When he called me for help, I sighed and told him to bring it over and leave it with me, I'll get to it later, it could take awhile.
It's a chore I hate so much that I perpetually procrastinate on it when it comes to my own collection of PC's. It seems like I'm always troubleshooting and repairing PCs for family and friends --which probably plays a role in my reluctance to do it for myself -- but I digress.
After cleaning off all the accumulated crap and then de-fragging, optimizing an rebooting numerous times, I was finally done. I hate PC maintenance with a passion. Too much time wasted staring at the progress bar of the uninstall program, than rebooting, than scanning the registry and cleaning up the residual files left behind. One uninstall down, 10 more to go.
What a drag. When the computer is as bogged down and infested as bad as my buddies', there is no shortcuts other than to dump it and buy a new one.
But doing him this favor also gives a lot of time for rumination. This latest round of PC maintenance-chore boredom gave me the time to reflect on the prevailing paradigm of the manosphere: TAKE THE RED PILL
There's a reason the Matrix red pill/blue pill allegory has become so popular here at the fringe outposts on the interwebz... ...because once you "take the red pill," you really do start to recognize patterns in the attitudes and behaviors that manifest in the denizens of society you interact with or observe from close proximity.
The program is a social engineering module that can be recognized on your registry if you know how to look for it. It usually shows up as:
BraveNewWorldOrder.exe or BNWO.EXE
It's actually not just one, single unified program that is installed on your operating system to control your behavior, it's a smorgasbord of smaller programs like all the spyware and adware that surreptitiously infects your PC over a long period of internet usage, slowly and gradually acquiring more and more .exe files that eat up most of your virtual memory, so that you are not consciously aware of how distracted you are from reality or how it's really screwed your operating system's function up.
Taking the red pill's first effects is similar to hitting CNTRL-ALT-DELETE and looking at your Windows Task Manager Processes tab to recognize which processes are necessary, which ones are not vital, but you don't mind using some of your RAM on, and which of those slow you down and contribute to your eventual complete shutdown. So you download Crap Cleaner and Spybot and commence cleaning up your registry. It can take years, but it is possible.
Before the Red Pill, my processes tab would've looked something like this:
Way too many processes eating up my virtual memory and slowing me down. The BNWO.EXE appeared to use the most memory, but you can't just stop that process and delete it from your registry. You have to delete a whole host of other processes and registry entries first, before you can successfully purge your system of this most insidious program.
It's taken a long time, but I think I've finally purged it. I'm now at the point where I'm optimized for smoother, faster, more efficient operations from here on out.
Looking at my Windows Task Manger Processes Tab now should looks more like this:
There are still a few processes I could still delete to streamline and optimize things a bit more...but those ancillary programs also provide unmeasurable utility, so I deem them worth the miniscule amount of processing they take up. In the aggregate, I'm still running far more efficiently and effectively than I used to.
Have you taken a look at your registry lately?