SOVLED! An Active Process Has A Possible Handle Leak

You recently used System Analyzer of Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus to scan your computer and received a report about  “An active process has a possible handle leak”? Then there is a good chance that the process mentioned in the report is bugging out and you should terminate it. Besides that, you could also make use of Windows Memory Diagnostics, perform SFC and DISM scans, scan for malware, change System Properties, clean install, etc. Read to the end to learn how to carry out the solutions on your own and get the most out of Windows.  

What Might Have Gone Wrong

All in all, System Analyzer of Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus could detect many issues on Windows computers. Regarding “An active process has a possible handle leak”, the list of suspects includes: 

  • Bugs.
  • Memory. 
  • Corruption. 
  • Malware.
  • Windows.

A Few Fixes 


  • Step 1: Right-click an empty space on the taskbar then pick Task Manager.
  • Step 2: In Processes tab, locate the process mentioned in the report, select it and choose End task. 
  • Step 3: Restart your computer, use System Analyzer to scan your computer again and see how things turn out. 

Make Use Of Memory Diagnostics

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type Windows Memory Diagnostics and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Hit Restart now and check for problems.
  • Step 3: After the diagnosis finishes, read the result and take action accordingly.

Perform SFC And DISM Scans

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type cmd and hit Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), type the command sfc /scannow and hit Enter to perform the SFC scan. 
  • Step 3: As soon as the SFC scan wraps up, type the commands down below in Command Prompt (Admin) and hit Enter every time you complete one to perform the DISM scan:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Step 4: Proceed to type the command exit and hit Enter to close Command Prompt.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer. 

Scan For Malware 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Update & Security and choose Virus & threat protection in Windows Security. 
  • Step 2: Click Scan options then pick Full scan, hit Scan now and allow the scan to go all the way 
  • Step 3: Restart your computer.

Make Changes To System Properties

  • Step 1: Open Settings, select System and choose About.
  • Step 2: Click Advanced System Settings, pick Settings under Performance in Advanced tab and tick the Adjust for best performance circle in Visual Effects tab.
  • Step 3: Select Apply, choose OK and restart your computer.

Clean Install

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser, visit Microsoft’s official website and download the Media Creation Tool from the Software Download page. 
  • Step 2: The moment the download concludes, run the tool. 
  • Step 4: Read the terms and conditions, check the I accept the license terms checkbox beside then hit Next.
  • Step 5: Click Upgrade this PC now, pick Next and uncheck the checkbox next to Keep personal apps and files. Next, hit Install, wait until the process completes and create a new user account. Last but not least, sign in to your account and see how things turn out. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus good?

As the name suggests, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is designed to protect computers and data on them from malicious programs. Compared to its contemporaries, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus features faster scans, uses less resources, etc. However, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus still leaves something to be desired here and there. 

What are the symptoms of memory leaks?

  • Drops in the performance of app’s functions 
  • Crashes of applications 
  • Errors 

How do I free up RAM on my Windows PC?

Uninstalling programs you seldom use helps a lot since those programs could be secretly consuming resources in the background. Also, after you finish using a program, close it to make space for others. Spending on the situation, you may want to consider securing a decent amount of RAM for your computer too (8GB and above should be good).

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