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how to find out what program on my computer i

June 20, 2011 at 17:04:17
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, most times when I connect to the internet, ie. open the web browser after connecting to the internet some program on my computer downloads content from the web. I know this because in a short space of time about 100mb of content is downloaded when I am not accessing content heavy sites. At other times when accessing the same sites/content I only download 7-8mb of data so it is not happening each time I access the internet and only happens when I open the web browser.

I would like to know how, on my computer which is running Windows XP, I can check to see what programs are accessing what sites and downloading information and where the data is being stored on my computer.

I have turned off automatic updates on every program including my virus software.

Can you help?

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June 20, 2011 at 21:11:39
Not sure if this is what you are looking for...

Microsoft's netstat -bo, run fron the command prompt, can show you what executable is creating a connection and listening port. It can be used to see malware.

There is also a program called: TCPView:

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June 21, 2011 at 11:44:21
Thanks for your help aaflac44.

I located the programs that were causing the problem using the netstat -bo and have deleted them. It seems to have worked.

Just another question, in the cmd screen, the headings are the local address, the foreign address, the state and the PID.

Should there only be one entry in the CMD screen per website that you visit?

I seem to have a stack of entries with the same local address but different foreign addresses most with the executables listed as my browser, firefox.exe. The PID is the same for most of them. Not sure exactly what the PID is.

As you can see I am a bit of a novice when it comes to all this tech stuff.

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June 21, 2011 at 14:09:08
PID = Process IDentifier

Make a copy of the netstat results to see what you are talking about:

To copy from the command prompt, right click anywhere in the title bar (to the right of Command Prompt title, at the top)
Select: Edit-> Select all
Select: Edit > Copy

Open Notepad (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad), and select: Paste

Then, copy from Notepad, and provide the results in your reply.

'Netstat' is really not my ‘thing’ either, but seeing what you have may bring something to mind, and then, again......

If you want to see what program is responsible for each socket, run netstat -ab, which will give you the program name for each socket. You can then google the programs if you're concerned, or better yet, go to our Networking Forum for some help.

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