Quote: Originally Posted by dahermit
I have ie8/Windows 7. I use a dial-up connection. When unidentified programs automatically download/upgrade, my computer slows to the point where it is hard to get anything done (gave up on tdamermitrade account the other day). 30 Mb. download taking 4+ hours, I did not even know what it was.
How do I find out what is downloading (automatically), in the background and how do I stop it so I can get some work done?
A couple of places you might start - Task Manager (Updates Services. Eg jusched), and Notification icons (like adobe's).
How you stop it depends on what program is doing the download. If you have Windows Auto update turned on, you would disable that in Control Panel. Otherwise, the applications that are downloading typically have options available to enable/disable updates.