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    My computer won't stop downloading!!

    My mobile broadband has a counter on it, to show how much uploading and downloading it's doing.

    Everytime I've logged on today, it's started downloading straight away, without me even opening up a browser or doing anything. It's really starting to pee me off, especially since I pay by the megabyte.

    Can anybody suggest what the hell is being downloaded? I'm worried that it could be a virus of some sort.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    I wonder about that kind of thing too, not necessarily downloads, but the light on my box showing ongoing hard-drive activity even when my browser's not loaded, the computer's just powered on and I'm not doing anything with it.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    Might be scanning, some have anti-v.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    It sounds like a virus..or trojan. It's accessing a site to pull down lots of porn or other files. It can also be uploading all of your files to some server somewhere where they can analyze any private info you have.

    I'd get this program:
    SUPERAntiSpyware.com - SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner

    and also run a virus scan on it.
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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    this one works wonders: Removeit pro v4 at MajorGeeks.com - Download Freeware and Shareware Computer Utilities.. This little antivirus finds shit all the others miss.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    Could be a program (like Adobe which likes to connect to their servers without asking you), but , it is not necessarily a virus at all. I am not saying it could not be, I am saying that it doesn't have to be.

    What you need to download is a Network Activity monitor and see where all this activity is coming from. Is it just the svchost.exe process? Is it a wireless router? are you sure someone is not using your signal? is it the UPnP on the router? have you tried it using another computer/laptop? etc etc.

    I wouldn't buy into the "it's a virus" thing right away.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    Quote Originally Posted by bellaco View Post
    are you sure someone is not using your signal?
    Yeah, the ol' piggy back.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    Also, Zone Alarm can give you a view so in case you have some open port and packets being sent constantly from some IP you don't know you can block it. It will look like this:

    http://img400.imageshack.us/img400/2893/image18jc.jpg

    You may want to also check into an Open Port Scanner.

    Just be prepared for a virus scan to come out clean.
    Last edited by bellaco; 23rd January 2010 at 05:20.

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey View Post
    It can also be uploading all of your files to some server somewhere where they can analyze any private info you have.
    I get a seperate counter for upload and download, and there's no uploading going on at all. I also don't have any personal info on the internal hard drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by bellaco View Post
    Could be a program (like Adobe which likes to connect to their servers without asking you),
    I tried downloading an Adobe Acrobat upgrade not long ago, but then had trouble running it, so I uninstalled it - maybe that's something to do with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by bellaco View Post
    What you need to download is a Network Activity monitor and see where all this activity is coming from.
    Thanks, I'll look into this, although I've logged on twice today and the phantom downloading hasn't happened.

    It's a mystery!

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    Re: My computer won't stop downloading!!

    I am going with what bellaco said...it could some auto update program stuff. There are so many of them out there that try to update as soon as they get a connection.

    Examples:
    Antivirus Software
    Google Update
    Adobe Update (including Flash)
    Java Update

    Get the idea?

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