Downloading when not using browser

October 30, 2010 at 22:42:40
Specs: Windows 7
I have hughes.net satellite which only allows 200Meg/24 hrs or they "FAP" you
down to 8 KBS speed.

I have a wireless router with 2 pooters and the hughes.net on it. One computer
is shutdown and not being used.

My problem is with the 2nd laptop that starts downloading when I connect/enable
it's network adapter. I am NOT opening any browser to access the internet at
this time. It's doing this "behind the scenes"
If I leave the laptop adapter connected and just leave the computer set without
ever connecting to the internet, it will deplete my 200meg and I get "Fapped"

I can open up my adapter screen and its just eating away at the download side.
The "task manager" networking graph screen shows lots of activity.

I have run msconfig and unstarted any update programs there. I have Norton, but
I have disabled update and pulse settings and run full scan OK. When I "task
manager" to the processes screen and start deleting/testing running programs, I
can not determine any there that is causing this. I have Windows update set to
notify and NOT download.

What programs have control of my computer and downloads at a whim when they want
to behind the scenes without a browser?????

Thanks in advance,
Scott


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#1
October 31, 2010 at 00:05:12
Anything that's set-up to update itself (Virus scanners, browsers, browser plug-ins, etc.) will start updating as soon as they see a valid connection. Unfortunately, nasties (virii, trojans, etc.) also can do the same thing.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
October 31, 2010 at 20:43:59
Install Malwarebytes (free version) and scan to see if you have something that that over-stuffed AV program cannot find (I like Malwarebytes for spot checks to find 'other' types of infections often not found by antivirus programs alone.). If it does not find anything, Download Process Explorer from Microsoft and install, it will reveal in much more detail what is running on your system than Task Manager will, and will still allow you to shut down processes. If those do not help you, look at this one:
http://www.computing.net/answers/cp...
Maybe you are also inadvertently participating in a supercomputing project.
[On a side note, Norton (and even McAfee) are bloatware that due to early successes and good advertising are popular, but use resources poorly and don't really do a good job. There are even free antivirus programs that are a lot meaner and leaner... They will do a better job using less system resources than the 'big names' will. Many here will give you preferences of theirs if you like.]

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If all else fails, read instructions.


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#3
November 1, 2010 at 13:38:00
I agree that you not only need antimalware but you could step up to a good firewall that can put a lock on your network. Simply disabling the nic should work also. The reason for the antimalware and firewall is to block unwanted bits.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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