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# 78302 2-Mar-2011 23:56
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so far this month my internet seems unusually high,  I havent changed viewing habits as far as I know...

I have mac address security on and have changed my router password so its definitely coming from this laptop...

Have done malware bytes scan and found nothing but the Wireless connection is steadily receiving and sending with no applications open...  or is this normal? 

any ideas or am I really just using that much internet? 

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  # 445032 3-Mar-2011 00:08
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try the Capsa Free Edition packet sniffer/analyzer from here:

it should give you and idea of how much data is being used by what protocols, and to where.

there are other tools/products out there too, but i thought this one was good and easy to use last time i tried it out.


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  # 445034 3-Mar-2011 00:20
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thanks, shall try that next...

The wife spends all day on facebook and Avast just found facebook-pic.exe virus so this may just be the culprit...

rebooting now for a full scan. 


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  # 445176 3-Mar-2011 14:34
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Are you using Windows 7? Or maybe even Vista has this (not sure)?

If you go Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Resource Monitor, and then switch to the Network tab, you can see which processes are transmitting data.

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  # 445353 3-Mar-2011 23:50
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The virus sounds like at least one of the culprits, but make sure your wifi has WPA2 security on if possible. MAC security can be easily broken on its own.

Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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  # 448097 14-Mar-2011 07:20
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Use AES instead of TKIP. You need a long, random passkey too as a short one can be broken in minutes.

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  # 448105 14-Mar-2011 07:44
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Scan your PC with the free version of malwarebytes this is awesome

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