Computer suddenly sucks memory and does not release it

I am running WIN XP SP3 and IE 8.  I have 1 G of RAM.  The computer will allow more RAM to be installed.  Lately, my CPU usage is 100%.  I think I understand the memory and not release it when a program is closed.  The main culprit appears to be IE8.  In the past, the use of the mem has about 200 000 to 250, 000 K.  Now, it's always more 350 000 K or even 400 000 K. I think that part of the reason is that I use yahoo mail and they have eliminated "Classic Mail".  I had to upgrade the e-mail program. I tried to use gmail, but it all works, he wants me to upgrade (or even change my browser) my browser. I'm limited to the updates because of the OP SYS and the age of the computer (at least 10 years).  I can't buy a new computer, rental of which is the cost.  I also had to set up a wireless secured to a modem in the next room.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can remedy this situation.

Thanks in advance

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100% CPU usage does not necessarily mean that your memory is exhausted.  When you use all your 1 g of RAM and need more, Windows will go on the hard drive and use virtual memory.  Disk access is very slow (and your system will be slow), but because your computer is waiting for access to the drive (and not the CPU), your CPU usage will not be 100% but your hard drive access light may be on constantly.

Do you still have the problem when you start Internet Explorer in "SafeMode (no Addons)?

Start-> programs-> Accessories-> system-> Internet Tools explore (no Addons)

If this is not the case, go to tools-> Addons manage and disable some addons and plugins until you find the one that can give you problems.

HTH,

JW

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