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    Analysis of Internet Usage

    ATTENTION;MODERATOR-NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE CORRECT FORUM TO USE FOR THIS.

    I have a particular problem. At the present time I find I go over my monthly 2G allowance and so incur an extra charge. I use Vodafone Wireless using a Vodem.

    So I need find ways of keeping to my 2G limit. One way would be to somehow analyse on a daily basis exactly how much I have used.

    Can anyone let me know of any software (preferably free) running on Windows 7 starter that would do this please?
    I mainly use Firefox as a browser, and sometimes Google Chrome, Safari and Opera and occasionally ( where I have to ) Internet Explorer.
    Such detail as: name of website including its URL.
    Size of pages downloaded including any files (PDF, DOC and any programs)
    Date of browsing site

    Time spent on site


    Would be the type of data I need.

    I have found that the free program “Super Winspy” will do some of what I need. However it seems as though it only works with Internet Explorer and I need similar data using Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.

    Other programs I have found are as follows with my comments on each:
    (1) Surveilstar Activity Monitor- I like this and it does most of what I want. However I can’t “export” the data to a program like Excel.
    (2) Netdadi: This program is very poor and the free version will hardly do anything. I still have been unable to uninstall it.


    Does any one know of a similar free program to do this please/

    Also I still need a way of determining how much data was downloaded from these web sites to give me the complete picture.

    So any further help anyone can give me would be most appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Alistair
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    To aid you in minimising the traffic over your connection, how about disabling the DNS prefetch feature in your browsers? In Firefox, type in About:Config, make a new setting called network.dns.disablePrefetch and set it to True.

    See also the serverside effects of disabling DNS prefetching.

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    Alistair,

    I use Network Meter V6.3 by Addgadget.com. It's a windows gadget and works just fine. Keeps a running total as well as the numbers for the current session. You can reset the running totals when ever you want. Hey look...6.4 is out.
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    Here's another one for you;http://www.windows7download.com/free...nternet-usage/
    The best of luck on what ever you decide.
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    Thank you satrow. Never thought of that

    Alistair



    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    To aid you in minimising the traffic over your connection, how about disabling the DNS prefetch feature in your browsers? In Firefox, type in About:Config, make a new setting called network.dns.disablePrefetch and set it to True.

    See also the serverside effects of disabling DNS prefetching.

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    Thanks chowur. That is a website i am familiar with but i had not seen these programs there before. I am going to look at them and see what i can find.

    Alistair

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    Thanks Retired Geek. That is a program i did not know of. I am having a look at it now.

    Alistair

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    Thanks jaystarter1. i was familiar with this but forgot to put in my post.

    Alistair

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    Hi Kiwi.
    A bit delayed, but I find BitMeter to be a must have. The statistics grid will give you all the info you need.
    http://bitmeter-2.download.hdttp.com/

    I am with Orcon and have my account page in Opera's Speed Dial. A quick click on that gives me current real time monthly usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    ? In Firefox, type in About:Config, make a new setting called network.dns.disablePrefetch and set it to True.
    Where is it in IE 8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnight View Post
    Where is it in IE 8?
    I rarely use IE so I haven't studied it, a quick look around suggests installing the IE7Pro addon might give some control over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnight View Post
    Where is it in IE 8?
    I can't find any reference to controlling the what Microsoft calls DNS pre-resolution in IE9 network performance improvements.

    Joe

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