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    Log download data

    I have recently seen my ADSL usage (Mb) rocket upwards and I cannot figure out what is causing it. Is there some software I can install that will report on applications that download/upload data and how much they download/upload? I found one that tells me what sites I have been connected to and for how long but problem I want to solve is "what is all the data that is being downloaded?"

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    Re: Log download data

    Graeme, I'm going to move your question to the Software Forum since that's where most of the folks "hang out" who can probably provide an answer. I'm afraid General Windows may not get a lot of attention these days.

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    Re: Log download data

    Now, having moved your thread, I'm afraid that the only monitoring program I've any experience with is DU Meter. It not only doesn't log by site, but hasn't been updated for a couple of years, so I think it's mostly dormant.

    While you're waiting for some more response, is it possible that a combination of "watching" your firewall for activity (I use Zone Alarm) and the Windows Task Manager would at least alert you as to whether a program other than your browser is involved?

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    Re: Log download data

    I thought of watching but it seems to happen when I am really busy and can't just sit and watch. But when I discover that my usage has gone up I can't recall anything that could have done it.

    Thanks for the thought.

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    Re: Log download data

    Is the security on your PC up-to-date? Firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware?

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    Re: Log download data

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    Re: Log download data

    Check your "internet Temp" file folders for files dated and timed at about the time of all this action. This may help in locating where the data is coming from.

    Any or all of the following will require access to the internet.

    Do you have a iPod connected and or installed the software for one?

    How about a IM program, as most of those all want to have access all the time?

    What programs are set to check for updates?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Log download data

    Perhaps something on this page will meet your needs: http://www.surfpack.com/software/trafficmonitor/. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/Dunno4.gif>

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    Re: Log download data

    I'm not sure what firewall you use, but if it has application control (e.g., ZoneAlarm, Outpost Pro), you could skim through and remove access for everything except your browser and email client and see what programs come calling for net access. If you have the ability to limit access, for example, allow Windows to get a DHCP address from your router and check DNS with your ISP, but nothing else, that might block problem programs that run as services and there are hard to identify. Finally, be very suspicious of any program that requests to operate as a server, listening for connections from outside.

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    Re: Log download data

    Thanks for all the responses on this. I use Zone Alarm and all firewall / AV is up to date. I tried a number of the applications listed but nothing really did it. If I had hours to just sit and watch what was coming down then maybe I would notice unusual downloads but ubfortunately I have to work for a living :-) I was hoping for an application that would log all requests for a download by an application and how much was downloaded. I haven't yet been able to find one. Last night I figured that 40Mb in 1 day was a bit excessive (particularly since I had been out most of the day). I had a few things to do then shut the computer down. I got up this morning and discovered another 40Mb gone! So I rally need to log what is happening while I am otherwise occupied - a log I can look at later.

    I appreciate your help - I will continue my search. If I find anything, I will post it here.

    Graeme.

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    Re: Log download data

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    This program looks like it might help:
    http://bandwidth.mingsoft.com/

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    Re: Log download data

    Many thanks. I will give it a go.

    Graeme.

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    Re: Log download data

    <hr>...got up this morning and discovered another 40Mb gone... <hr>
    When you sarted the thread, Graeme, I kinda figured you were looking at something from your ISP because you talked about your ADSL use skyrocketing. But, the above sentence causes me to ask what your guage for the question is? Are you judging by remaining HARD DRIVE space? If so, you could have another, more local situation such as Windows' automatic restore points or some program like a calendar making automatic backups of some piece of data. Mind you, I'm not saying it isn't a download question, but that there could be another angle to the problem. What do YOU think?

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    Re: Log download data

    Thanks Al. My ISP keeps me updated (every 2 hours) as to how much traffic I have had on my ADSL link (uploads and downloads) and this is where I am getting my information from. I thought of checking hard drive space but thought that a bit too unreliable as many other factors could cause space to be used up.

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    Re: Log download data

    Edited by HansV to provide links. It's very easy: just put <!t><!/t> before the URL, and <!t><!/t> after it.

    Be careful with raw numbers like it seems your ISP is providing you in this situation. Raw byte transfer numbers in the aggregate aren't a very useful statistic. They are likely not reporting just download bytes to your computer but also all the upload traffic that occurs behind the scenes in an HTTP connection.

    If you watch a network connection with a web browser, you'll see a lot of back and forth traffic (page contents downloaded, content refreshed, cookies, handshakes, etc.). There is a lot of traffic going on behind a web browser. Depending on how much surfing you are doing, how many tabs you have open if you are using a tabbed browser, how much file downloading you are doing, what pages you are on (graphic intensive or not), how big your browser cache is, etc., I wouldn't find 40mb of traffic that unusual.

    Check this out for more information on HTTP connections:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP

    Also you can watch what is transpiring in a web browser session with a program like HTTP Headers. Get it here:
    http://www.blunck.info/iehttpheaders.html

    This program might also give you the information I think you may be looking for:
    http://codebox.no-ip.net/controller?page=bitmeter2

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