MemPlus memory management software for Windows review

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 27, 2018

MemPlus is a free software program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to analyze memory use and optimize system memory manually or automatically.

You have plenty of options if your Windows PC is short on memory sometimes or all of the time. While you could consider adding more Gigabytes of memory to resolve the issue that way, you could also try and use a program like MemPlus to improve memory management on the system.

A software program is sometimes the only option that you have; if you cannot increase the memory of the computer, for instance because it is already at its limit, then software may be the only option left.


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MemPlus is a free program for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows. It supports client and server editions of Windows, and is provided as a portable version and installer.

Note that the program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.7.1.

The program displays the system's RAM usage and the total physical memory installed on the device on start. You may activate the "clear memory" button if memory use is high to drop it.

MemPlus clears the memory of non-essential processes when you do. The total amount of RAM that is freed by the procedure depends on a number of factors. MemPlus displays the freed up memory in a popup after the operation completes.

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It is not possible to disable the popup which is unfortunate. You may need to add certain processes to a whitelist to protect them from the operation. While foreground processes won't be touched, you may notice that other critical processes are impacted by the optimization.

Open the preferences with a click on Tools > Settings, and switch to RAM Optimizer to add programs to the list of exclusions.

Switch to RAM Monitor when you are done to change the program's update interval and configure automatic options.

MemPlus can optimize RAM automatically when memory usage exceeds a certain threshold or after a set period of time. The default values are set to 50% and 10 minutes; both can be changed in the options.

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The program includes a RAM Analyzer on top of that which displays detailed information about each RAM bank. You may export the data and also logs that the program writes while it runs.

Closing Words

MemPlus reduces the amount of used RAM effectively on a Windows computer when you run it and activate it manually or let it run automatically. It is a valid option for users who work on PCs that hit the RAM barrier regularly.

While I'd suggest to increase RAM if possible as you will experience other improvements doing so, it may be an option for systems that cannot or won't be upgraded.

Now You: How much RAM does your device have? Is it enough?

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  1. Jan Mack said on February 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    RAM managers was the snake oil from win98 times, when 32 MB of RAM was common. I think nobody need today this sort of software (up to all, it relies on a very specific version of dotnet).

    1. CodeDead said on February 27, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Correct. Please take a look here to learn how and why this software was created in the first place:

      In essence this software was developed, free of charge, to give users a free alternative, which is also open source and actually does what it claims.

  2. CodeDead said on February 27, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    We’re listening to your review. We’ll add an option to disable the popup message in the next version. Thank you for taking your time to review the application!

  3. ZoeL said on February 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I prefer Mem Reduct

    Courtesy of Henry++, the same guy who created the popular Chromium updater “Chrlauncher”

    1. Yuliya said on February 27, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      This. A million times this! The program is free, open source, lightweight, easy to use, not dependent on NET or other libraries, compatible with Windows XP and newer, also available in both x86 and x64, and it can be used in portable mode too! It is frequently updated, and yeah, it is from the same dev that made Chrlauncher.

  4. happysurf said on February 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    In my opinion the best free program of this type is Memory Cleaner.

    Feature List:
    -Trims processes’ working set.
    -Clears system cache.
    -Monitors RAM usage and reports minimum, maximum and average (true average, not (min+max)/2).
    -Reports Pagefile and virtual memory usage.

    1. Ayy said on February 27, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      I dislike memclean and would never recommend, it simply will not open if you block it with a firewall, which is hilarious because why the hell should a program like that need internet access to do something so mundane.

      1. happysurf said on February 28, 2018 at 9:14 am

        You are right about that, this is very annoying.

  5. PurpAndAlpo said on February 27, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    There’s certainly some irony in a program designed to free memory requiring the .Net framework – has anybody checked the private RAM usage of this program?

  6. VoiceOfConscience said on February 27, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    This site has hit new lows – how low can you go ? Today reviewing memory managers, tomorrow maybe shady driver updaters ? Very disappointing.

    1. Yuliya said on February 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Uhm, the program is fine. There’s even a GitHub page with its source code. It would not be my first choice (Mem Reduct by Henry++ is just better by being simpler), definitely, the UI is hideous and it wastes up too many resources (how ironic, why not use Windows native chrome??), plus it depends on NET, and on an absurd version of NET, not even a sane one; all that said, the program seems to work and you even have its source for you to look at, so if anything “shady” is not the word to describe it.

  7. jNizM said on February 28, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Did this years ago with a few lines in AutoHotkey ^^

    1. Klaas Vaak said on February 28, 2018 at 8:16 am

      @jNizM: I love AHK, and if there’s anything that can be done using AHK, that should be the route.

    2. Klaas Vaak said on February 28, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Tried it out on Win 8.1/64-bit with 6Gb RAM: PC was @ 58% usage, was reduced to 28%.

  8. software Testerrr said on February 28, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Sorry to say this but Windows 10 defender Blocked it as Trojan horse ????
    I use Reduca memmory from Sordum here is the link

    Portable , freeware , No internet connection need and clean

    1. CodeDead said on February 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Yes, there’s something weird going on with Windows Defender. We’ve already submitted our sample which was considered clean. Perhaps try updating to the latest definition updates?

  9. KeZa_BE said on February 28, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    It has in my mind no usage because you are making you pc slower with this. Windows does a great job with RAM and al this ram-progs does is delete stuff that is present in your RAM but you not need in the ‘moment’ BUT when you need it, the program must start it all up again in the ram and this is the slowdown. I have here Xp with 3.5GB RAM and +-100progs running in the background. It uses after restart +2GB ram and it works for years without problems and I have uses sorts of RAM progjes but have never seen improvements in speed or so

  10. Croatoan said on February 28, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    16GB of RAM.
    RAM cleaners, RAM defragmenters are not useful. They slow programs and they clear cache memory so access time for frequent files is much much slower.

  11. Jozsef said on March 1, 2018 at 8:51 am

    It’s surprising and disappointing to see an uncritical review of this software here. Perhaps there are edge cases but normally, an operating system will use all the available memory for something useful or potentially useful and then immediately relinquish some to write new relevant information to replace unimportant data as required. Seeing unused memory may be comforting to the less knowledgeable but having purchased it, using it is a lot better than watching it sit there doing nothing.

  12. TianlanSha said on March 1, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Crashes on launch, Windows 7 x64.

    1. CodeDead said on March 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      I’m sorry to hear. We tested our build on a WIN7X64 machine, fully updated and it worked fine. Could you send us more specifications?

      1. TianlanSha said on March 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm

        This is what I get:

        As soon as I launch it I get this error, then this black rectangle shows up, I’m assuming that’s where the program is supposed to be.

      2. CodeDead said on March 1, 2018 at 11:01 pm

        Could you send us an e-mail about this?
        feel free to contact us at: admin([@])

        Remove the () and [] (used to prevent spam)

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