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    I think I'm a zombie and need BIG help

    I am concerned that my computer has been compromised and is now a zombie. I put NetWorx on my machine yesterday to monitor the bandwidth use and 632 Gb was uploaded in 13 hours, more data than I have on my primary drive (and I’m a photographer). NetWorx does not tell me where it went. I run a remote backup, BackBlaze, but only about 1.3 Gb went there.

    This morning while I was out walking and the computer was just adding heat to my Tucson house, 7.5 Gb was uploaded and 5 Gb downloaded. I know, a lot of stuff happens in the background but this much???

    Can anybody recommend an inexpensive network monitor that will analyze this traffic and let me know where it is going? Finding the malware will be another issue.

    I’m running Win 7 pro 64 bit on an Intel Core i5 CPU H655 @ 3.2 Ghz with 16 G of ram.
    Dan Lynch
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    TCPView from Windows Sysinternals coupled with Process Explorer and Autoruns will do the job nicely.

    But if you are truely compromised do a full format and clean install, especially if you cannot ascertain the exact etiology of the compromise with the above tools, and an adequate search engine.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2012-06-19 at 11:27.

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    A firewall such as Online Armor (you could run the free version or use the pro version in trial mode), can not only tell you what is connection to where, but will also tell you the amount of data downloaded and uploaded by each process. It can also be used to determine if you have any known malware. The installation process can take some time and it would be imperative that you take care on what you allow after the initial scan.

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    Wouldn't hurt to run Malwarebytes to see if it finds anything amiss.


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    632GB in 13 hours works out to be around 12Mbp/s. Does your broadband connection support that data rate? It might well do, but if not then the numbers point to Networx logging internal traffic as well as external.

    I use Networx and have configured it to only log traffic over the LAN and not internal network traffic:

    Networx local monitor.jpg

    If you are monitoring internal network traffic as well as external, try the above setting and a while and see if it makes a difference.
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