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What is a Handle Leak?

  • 22 June 2013
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What is a Handle Leak?
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System Analyzer is telling me there is a handle leak.  What is a handle leak, and what can I do about it?


When you run System Analyzer, it may report a program has a handle leak. Common programs to report this are Microsoft Outlook (outlook.exe) and Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe).

A handle leak is a program bug that occurs when a computer program, such as Outlook, requests a connection to a resource on the computer, but does not release the connection when it has completed its task.

These are not infections and cannot be fixed by Webroot. The Analyzer is pointing them out because they can be a risk to the computer. There are only so many resources available on a machine and having a large amount of handle leaks can slow the computer down considerably.

To resolve this issue, we recommend you contact the technical support for the program reporting the leak. For example, if the leak was from Outlook or Internet Explorer, you would need to contact Microsoft Support.

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Thank you.  I just deleted 4 printers that I do not have and a cell phone in someone elses name and we do not have a cell phone.  Then the leak issue showed up.  Could this be the source of the problem?  Thanks for an answer.