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Windows 7: Monitoring internet usage

14 Mar 2012   #1
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Monitoring internet usage

Is the an app or some thing that can tell me exactly where my bandwidth is going. Somehow my PC managed to gobble up 500Mb in 4 days. All updates except Avira were turned off, I did no real downloading or uploading (just browsing forums). My connection was on for several hours each of the those days.

I can't afford to go through bandwidth like this. I want to know exactly 'what' is using 'how much'. Can anyone help here?

Thanks.


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14 Mar 2012   #2
Squirt

Windos 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Try this site.
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14 Mar 2012   #3
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Starts at $795

Yay a free version
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14 Mar 2012   #4
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

BitMeter II this is a handy tool that may help you >>> Codebox Software - BitMeter II


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BitMeter features:

Audio notification at regular (configurable) time intervals - different tones are played according to your current upload or download speed (tone boundaries are also configurable)
Audio notification each time a certain amount of data is transferred (uploaded, downloaded or both)
Animated System Tray icon shows upload and download speeds
Check for new version (with auto-check option and proxy support)
Select any combination of network cards to monitor or ignore
Configurable graph scale - set to any value, or set to auto-adjust according to your speed
Connection Speed Helper
Option to display current graph maximum on screen
Change units used in readout (Kb,KB,Mb,MB)
Change graph type (bar or line graph)
Interval bars with adjustable time period
Adjustable scroll interval (anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds)
Save favourite colour combinations for later use, or use one of the preconfigured colour-schemes.
Configure System Tray tooltip information (including speeds and days totals)
Show or hide readout area, or adjust its font-size.
Auto-start option for current user, or all users
Manual and automatic backup options of configuration and traffic history information.
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and many more


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14 Mar 2012   #5
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

also there is a BitMeter OS from same developers >>> Codebox Software - BitMeter OS

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The Web Interface displays various graphs and charts that show how your internet/network connection has been used over time, why not try out the online demo right now?

The Monitor pane displays a graph that updates once each second, showing you what's happening with your connection right now:


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15 Mar 2012   #6
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Uhm... I'm not sure if these are really what I'm looking for. I would like something that tells me which installed programs are using the bandwidth for updates etc.

For example:

Of 200mb used, 20% was for adobe, 25% for the OS, etc.
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19 Mar 2012   #7
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is what you want I think - NetLimiter - The Ultimate Bandwidth Shaper. I wouldn't say it's perfect but I think it'll help. Only problem is it's a 30 day trail. If you discover where your data is going then you might not wish to purchase unless you wish to check further down the track.

I've attached a screenshot to show you how to read the data use from individual programs.
No. 1 - right click your computer name and from the pop up menu select Stats.
No. 2 - Change the drop down box to Apps download.

You can also select the time period from the box with the dates in it.


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28 Mar 2012   #8
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Thanks Duzzy, that's looks interesting, I'll definitely check it out.

On a related note, someone suggested it may be the anti-virus. Something about it downloading the same updates over and over but not installing them. I use Avira (the free version). Could this be the problem?
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29 Mar 2012   #9
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Albeit, a little late in the discussion, I found Networx to be a good little program. It allowed me to monitor each person, and sync the data between all installed machines. It can even be setup as a service, and its open source.
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29 Mar 2012   #10
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Thanks Duzzy, that's looks interesting, I'll definitely check it out.

On a related note, someone suggested it may be the anti-virus. Something about it downloading the same updates over and over but not installing them. I use Avira (the free version). Could this be the problem?
I'm not sure about the antivirus you could open it to the manual update section. If it's like Avast it will tell you the current version of the definitions and the release date. If the release date is older than 4 or 5 days since you last used your computer then it's a good chance it's not installing them. You could then try manually updating them and see if the version changes.

Things you could consider:
Do you use Facebook and play the games on it? (I think they take a bit)
Do you watch a lot of YouTube videos in 720p? (One 4min video came in at 32.4mb)
Does you ISP count uploads?
Do you use a Torrent client?
Do you upload files to any sites?
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