Where To Get Free RAM?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I’m using Vista Home premium, and McAfee Total Protection.

Recently my preset weekly scan wouldn’t start. I contacted them. They said I have low Memory, that I need to have atleast 2-3 RAM (to do their upgrades).

I have gotten a Windows pop-up about low memory. McAfee told me I can add RAM for Free???..

I have no idea how or where to get Free RAM. Of course I’m afraid to fry or blow up this machine..LOL

Buying a new computer isn’t an option right now…

Your expertise is greatly appreciated, Jo

Dear Jo,

I can tell you how to upgrade your RAM, but it is not free. In fact, I have never heard of a source of free RAM.

RAM is a physical piece of computer hardware, something that you can hold in your hand. Before you go to the store and purchase some RAM, though, you need to do a little bit of research on your computer. You need to find out two things. One is what kind of RAM your computer uses, and the other is the maximum amount of RAM your computer can support.

You can find this information on the computer manufacturer’s website, but an even easier way is to use the Crucial Memory Advisor located on my web site at:


You will find it in the right column half way down the page.

Just select your computer manufacturer in the drop down list, then click, “Go”. The memory advisor will help you find your exact computer model, then give you the information you need, and, if you want, you can even purchase it right from their site. They even have directions you can follow for putting the RAM in your computer.

Hopefully, this will help you get more life out of your Vista computer.



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    • Rhino
    • March 5, 2014

    I am wondering whether somehow Jo has contracted a piece of malware and that the malware gave her the phone number to ring… it being McAfee NOT!

    From my distant hazy recollection of McAfee (all bad by the way) there was no easy way to contact them. This could of course have changed in the intervening years. Good scan by antivirus and malwarebytes might just be in order.

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