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Data Being Siphoned-Off By Unknown Program(s)

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#1 JulianAS


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:37 AM

Hello Fellow Forum Members.  


I connect my laptop to the internet using an AT&T wireless account which means  that my connection (uploadis and downloads)  are completely wireless.  

I have been noticing that when I am online, whether I have a browser open or not, after a few minutes my data begins to drain away.  Because

my account allots only five gigabytes per month,  I have to guard my data usage against wasteful downloading.  I have a nice little program called BitMeter

installed which allows me to monitor data usage in real-time using a graphic display and which can be set to give audio notifications when a preset  

volume of data is transferred.  However, I cannot tell what it is, i.e. , which [background]  program(s)  are frequently connecting to the internet and siphoning

my data.  In other words, I have observed that,  after the connection is made through the communication manager,and my computer is idling, I frequently receive an

audio notification that data is suddenly being used as there is in progress a transfer of data to the internet.  I am hoping to find a program (that has a small

footprint and is light on resources) which can identify which program(s) on my computer are currently making a connectin to the internet.  Windows Update

runs in the background; I have turned it off but the problem persists.  I have Norton 360 installed and it periodically updates definitions;  I have turned that off

temporally but the problem continues.  So, I'm hoping to find a program that can identify any and all real-time connections made between my computer and the

internet.   I would be grateful if someone would direct  me to a program that identifies all separate current connections between one's computer and the internet.

Thank you fellow members.

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:21 AM

Hello -
First ...............
Please contact AT&T and tell them that you believe your connection is not secure.
Your ISP should help you to reset your connection for free, and always help you with this.
This may involve sitting on the phone for a while as they often do get very busy.
Persist in calling them if this continues, and they will help you or check your system.


5 Free Windows Programs To Monitor Your Internet Usage


"ProcessExplorer" from Microsoft (by Mark Russinovich)

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#3 wing987


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:28 PM

Just another thought, there are many more programs that automatically update, or check for updates ETC.  Adobe, Java, even just windows error reporting (which would take advantage of you being idle, as they assume you have no limit).  I myself am limited to 50GB, but have no clue why anyone would be limited to a measly 5GB, even cell phone plans exceed that!

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