How do you find a memory leak?

Hi,

I've been running into a problem with many of the Windows 7 and Windows 10 workstations that I service lately.  They're running out of physical memory according to the task manager.  But, when you add up all memory used for the processes shown, they don't add up to the memory used.  I've done some research on the problem and see that there are various types of memory leaks but I'm not sure how to detect this one or even where to start to know what type of memory leak it is.  Is there a simple way (or application) to diagnose this problem?  Thanks for your time!
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Matt KendallTech / Business owner operatorAsked:
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Jose Gabriel Ortega CConnect With a Mentor CEO J0rt3g4 Consulting ServicesCommented:
If you have the source code of the application... yes there are ways.
A Memory leak is not something that you troubleshoot if you don't have the source code for the program that you want to analyze.

The best way to troubleshoot that is to get the name of the processes that are consuming more memory and report to them, as an end user you can't do anything but report it.

Discard 1st virus and malware. (run antimalwarebytes)
https://www.malwarebytes.com
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Matt KendallTech / Business owner operatorAuthor Commented:
Thanks Jose.  Good advice!
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