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Win 7. Opera updated to 78.0.4093.112. Memory being chewed up

  • I took the upgrade a few hours ago, and Opera is chewing up memory like crazy.

    The same set of tabs are opened on my browser session. I have a rather "stable" set you might say, so nothing new there.

    I don't have a lot of free HD space, only about 1.5 G, but the previous version(s) of Opera basically maintained it.

    Now within minutes of starting the browser it's eating over a 1 G, and bringing me to less than 200MB within a few more minutes. This certainly never happened before.

    Not sure if anyone else noticed the same, or where to look, if there's a particular tab that is causing problems with this new version of Opera.

    I believe I updated from the latest 77 tree, as I typically take the updates as presented with a hours to days at most...

  • I did some more analysis

    Seems that the problem happens when I open a Private Window

    More specifically, once I open the fourth (4th) tab in the private window

    As soon as I did that and surfed to a web page, my disk space went down 300 MB.

    This tab I'm typing in rn, is the fifth (5th) tab and my disk space dropped about Another 300MB

    To Be Clear

    None of this happened on the prior version.

    I have the same tabs I regularly open in my Private Window.

    So it appears to be a bug within this new version of Opera, with the handling of the Private Window, and over a certain number of open tabs therein.

    And I Wont be able to reclaim that disk space, until I completely shut down Opera and restart it. Closing the Private Window does not release the space.

    Is there anything I can do to remediate this?

  • Down another 400 MB, without opening any additional tabs..
    Just surfing the tabs I have opened in the main window, not even in the private window.

    Nothing new in my behavior. This chewing up of disk space never happened before. I have to restart the browser again.

  • @ultraj Use Shift + Esc to open Opera's task manager and check what is using the memory.

    By the way, Opera uses a lot of memory here but it doesn't seem to be a problem.

  • @ultraj Hmm, it's about memory or it's about disk usage?

  • Sorry I was unable to login to my acct for the past several days because the forums kept redirecting me to the TOS as if I were a brand new user, then Not accepting my acceptance of the TOS (it kept Not logging me in After I ticked both boxes and clicked submit; no one from support got back to me but I guess the finally fixed it)


    It's practically unusable

    It's apparently disk space being chewed up by the pagefile, so yeah, memory, but virtual

    All I can tell you, is this Never happened with before, and none of my behaviors have changed.

    Even if I open just One private tab, eventually opera will reduce my 1.5GB free space to literally 80MB with some hours...

    And as soon as I shutdown Opera (completely), ALL the disk space is back to 1.5GB free

    So obviously, Opera is causing the pagefile to balloon, or rather, opening a private window seems to do this

    I guess I have to look into downgrading

    I wish there were anm official downgrade button..

    I hate to lose open tabs, or anything else like history, etc, but this is unbearable

  • @ultraj It seems a system issue. Anyway, did you follow all the instructions, nothing helped?

    Did you try a reinstall?

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  • Firstly and off topic (because I don't know where else to ask for help)

    Will a mod please fix or otherwise email instructions to my associated email address on what could be causing my "login" issue, and subsequent nonsensical ban?

    The email said:

    "This is the reason why you have been banned:

    Use of caps"

    Ludicrous. I have less than 10 total posts on this forum.

    Congruent to the above, I have no issue logging in to the "auth" portal, in which when I do login, under Sessions", I always see a "twin" login from another address (usually a German ip address). I clear all the logins except the current one.

    I have no clue why this is happening and it seems to coincide w/my upgrade to the 78 tree.

    As to the original issue:

    It is apparently the paging file that explodes soon after I open a private window. And I cannot reclaim that memory (disk space) unless I completely shut down and restart Opera.

    This started happening immediately after I updated to 78. My behavior hasn't changed: open tabs, private window tabs opened, etc.

    The only thing I haven't done since updating is reboot the computer. I will try that but it seems that I will have to find some way to downgrade to get this browser back to a useable state.

    I'm literally down from 1.5gb to 145mb after only opening temporarily a private window with one or two tabs (doing that several times)

    I don't want to reinstall, lose my session with 140 tabs, my history, cookies and profile.

    That seems like killing a mosquito with a bazooka to me.

    A simple update should not wreak this much havoc with memory/paging file.

    But please, someone who can, please look into the forum issue and communicate to me through email.

    I see western56 was banned by for asking why I'd been banned.

    Something is seriously broken.

  • @ultraj If you are facing issues to login into your Opera account, open a topic explaining it.

  • @ultraj Having only 1.5GB of free disk space may be a problem already.

    While in Opera, use Shift + Esc to open the internal task manager and keep checking to try to find out what is using that much memory.

    Rename the profile directory to force the creation of a new one, and check if it changes anything.

  • having exactly the same problem.updating to 78.0.4093.147 didnt solve the problem.
    used to have 30 and more tabs open
    .after updating it crashes after some time and after 4-6 tabs.
    no other changes in software and hardware ,just opera update .there is plenty of memory and space on ssd.

  • I have the same problem.
    Even if I just open 3-4 tabs, the operation is very slow and may crash.
    Reinstalling several times did not help.
    Reverting to 77.0.4054.277 solved the problem.
    Disabling the automatic update schedule is mandatory.

  • @xinyes507
    I've been holding out hope that subsequent 78 updates would address the issue but doesn't seem like it yet, so it appears reverting is the only solution to have a usable browser.

    By reverting back to the 77 tree did you lose:

    Profile including installed extensions?
    Current season open tabs?

    Could you either link to specific instructions to revert, or lay out the procedure here?


  • Sorry for the late reply.

    I uninstalled the new version and installed the old version.
    Old versions are available here.

    To stop automatic updates, disable "Opera scheduled Autoupdate".
    Control panel > management tool > task scheduler

  • @ultraj said in Win 7. Opera updated to 78.0.4093.112. Memory being chewed up:

    By reverting back to the 77 tree did you lose:

    Profile including installed extensions?
    Current season open tabs?

    No risk doing:

    • Menu -> Help -> About Opera
      there paths to back up
    • revert version back
    • if easily find the portable version DL, get it makes easier to control by having all in on place i.e. Opera install dir.
  • I finally rolled back to the 77 version

    I waited out All the versions in the 78 series..

    I Even held out for this new 79 branch hoping that this issue would be addressed, but no.

    None of them fixed this very fatal memory issue as I described in the OP

    Once I opened the private window (it seems), and got beyond "some limit", of tabs, or I don;'t know what, my virtual memory (i.e., my disk space via my paging file) got eaten up in Huge gulps of several hundred megs at a clip. This ate up all the rest of my (sparse) free disk space real fast.

    It became impossible to use the browser as I had to constantly restart it which then released that space back, but ofc I had to start the browser all over and open up the tabs I use constantly so they are "updated".

    Back to 77, everything works great.

    I can have 100 tabs actually active And plenty opened and active in the private window too, to No detriment to my disk space (memory via page file or whatever).

    I've no idea if this is Opera's bug or the Chrome base but at least I can use the browser normally again.

  • @ultraj Yup, Thats the problem i am having except i am not using Private Tabs. The minute i start browsing my tabs, CPU and memory usage skyrockets. If I leave it alone for a while, it all comes back down to not an ideal but still ok amount. I keep updating hoping it will be fixed but still nothing. Same issues, i never had this issue with the older versions, its only been the updates for the past month or 2.

  • @ultraj When i did this, it seemed to fix the memory issues i was coming across.