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Topic # 96345 25-Jan-2012 23:02
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Hiya, just wondering if anyone is having an issue with excessive usage on their broadband. I have been with Voda for about 5 months, and when I first came over they said I had used over my cap.  Turns out it was their issue with some bad reporting of data. 

Now 5 months later, I used over 20 gig in a month, and when my new month ticked over, I used the 20 gig limit in a week!  I have contacted Voda and they say it was definitely me, and it all happened overnight between 2 and 5am, over a number of days. Altho my pc is on, it doesn't download or upload anything.

I have changed my wireless password, but the odd thing is that when I went on hols away from home, the usage dropped to almost 0 so it isn't just someone stealing my wireless, it has something to do with my pc.

Is there anyway I can have something dodgy on there that is streaming or uploading?  

Or is anyone else having the same issue?

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  Reply # 573357 25-Jan-2012 23:33
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Running any torrent software?




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  Reply # 573358 25-Jan-2012 23:38
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Sorry I should have said that as it is an obvious question.

Yes and no. I use utorrent evrey now and then and don't keep the torrent once I have finished downloading. I have had this formula for ever and has only been an issue this month.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 573394 26-Jan-2012 06:36
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For about $100, if you don't have one already, get a compatible router and install gargoyle. Give all your network devices fixed IP's and you can see for yourself what is causing it, and gives you peace of mind.

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  Reply # 573475 26-Jan-2012 10:15
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vimfuego:  

Is there anyway I can have something dodgy on there that is streaming or uploading?  



I would start with:

Doing a scan for malware with the free version of malwarebytes
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Record your PC's internet usage with Networx (remember to exclude local LAN traffic in the options)
http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

 

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  Reply # 573476 26-Jan-2012 10:17
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mthand: For about $100, if you don't have one already, get a compatible router and install gargoyle. Give all your network devices fixed IP's and you can see for yourself what is causing it, and gives you peace of mind.


This is a good long term solution if you are comfortable with flashing third party open source firmware on a device and voiding your warranty etc.

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  Reply # 573495 26-Jan-2012 11:02
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Malware or other such virus would be my best guess initially too. Give your system a complete scan and see what's what.

Also perhaps turn off the PC and modem for a couple of nights and measure usage, then turn it on again and measure usage the next couple of nights...etc. That way you'll know for sure if it's a problem with their usage meter.

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  Reply # 573535 26-Jan-2012 12:23
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Is it mainly upload?

Reinstaleld the torrent software recently?

If your PC is on and doing nothing, but the ethernet and/or Wifi light and DSL light flashing, there is activity

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  Reply # 573691 26-Jan-2012 16:13
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Just to give you a quick heads up from VF we do not have any known bandwidth issues at the moment.




Please note: I have a professional bias towards Vodafone.

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