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#1 sachin naik

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:59 AM

Whenever I connect my PC to the broadband internet, and even though I donít do any web browsing i.e when I keep my connection idle, still I can see my pc doing some minor web browsing in the background (which could be around 20kb per 30 secs, not a huge), I have turned off all automatic updates etc.

I am a bit worried becoz my internet bill may increase to an extent (as I have a limited internet plan)


I hope u guys know that, how do I know that my pc does some automatic browsing, u know, in the task bar towards the right there are 2 small internet icons which I have marked in the picture with red, those are the 2 icons on the task bar which blink whenever my pc does web browsing, by which I come to know my pc does some minor browsing

May I know why is it like that, will this increase my bill?

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:12 AM

Some packet interchanges are a natural product of being connected to the internet (handshakes), which are not really significant in total internet usage. You may want to install one of the free connexion monitors to determine the extent of the "noise."
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Edited by jgweed, 20 March 2009 - 10:12 AM.

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#3 sachin naik

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:11 AM

but is there any software available on the net by which i can have a track about which websites i am getting connected to, so that i can myself block some suspicious connections (in case if suspicious browsing exists), plz reply

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 10:01 AM

Many free firewalls will have packet logs that indicate what packets are being sent out and to what IP address. A resident firewall will also allow you to block these by application.

See the list in the appropriate section:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Sygate, as I remember, has especially useful logs and a "who is" search function built in.
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 12:13 PM

but can they display the website instead of the ip address




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