The term ‘Memory Leak’ is used to describe a computer slowly loosing RAM due to software malfunction.
Your computer uses RAM like physical desktop space, pulling software (like files or software) out of filing cabinets (your hard drive) whenever necessary.
The more RAM your computer has the larger you ‘physical desktop’, the more you can do at once.
A memory leak is similar to you filling your desk and not putting everything away when you’re done with it, leaving a little less desktop space when you need to do something else.
Certain applications and early versions of operating systems have been known to cause memory leaks.
Leaks are often stopped by either restarting applications or restarting your computer.