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Why Does The Little Icon For Internet Activity Light Up When I'm Not Doing Anything?


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 11:52 AM

Hi,

I notice that my internet activity status (I'm on dial-up) shows stuff being sent/received, even when I'm not doing anything. Anywhere between 300 and 1000 bytes (approx.). It does it if I have OE open but not doing anything, and the same with Firefox. It also does it when I don't have any programs open. However, I don't *think* it does it all the time, because there have been times when I'm connected but don't open any programs and just wait to see if it lights up, and it doesn't.

Any help is appreciated -- thanks!
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:03 PM

The reason it lights up, even if there is no activity internet related, is the fact that information needs to be sent to your ISP (Internet Service Provider). This allows your computer to stay online. Nothing to be worried about.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:41 PM

The reason it lights up, even if there is no activity internet related, is the fact that information needs to be sent to your ISP (Internet Service Provider). This allows your computer to stay online. Nothing to be worried about.


Okey-doke, thanks!

Edited by bloomcounty, 18 April 2007 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:52 PM

Also, even though you aren't doing anything,

the computer is -

Your AV program might be checking for updates,

Windows Updater may be checking for updates,

Your Anti-Spyware program might be checking for updates.

Quicktime may be checking for updates.

Your PC time may be syncing with the atomic clock.

Your firewall may be checking for updates.

Your, well, I think you get the idea ....


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Posted 18 April 2007 - 04:16 PM

Thanks for the post!

Ah, well, that makes sense...

Although, ZA isn't set to automatically check for updates. AVG only checks in the morning (once). I don't have/use Quicktime. I don't use Automatic Updates for Windows. And any other program that has an option to not use auto-update, I believe I have it set as such... :thumbsup:
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