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Windows 7: Can Windows help me find what I've downloaded?

18 Sep 2014   #11
ausgumbie

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Hi Ranger4

No, but funnily enough it is the same as my wife's. Mine is something like the photo I've attached (except it also has the "Sierra Wireless Logo" above the chrome bit).

Instead of the screen on the back of your wifi modem (I notice my wife has no corresponding window on her computer's desktop, so maybe you don't either) I have a window that just launches with every bootup. If you left-click Tools/Session Log you get the info I think you mean. Otherwise, you have to log into your Telstra account.

I have, meanwhile, been onto Telstra Tech Support and spoken for a while to one of the guys there. He thinks it may well be a case of "service theft" and has put it in for investigation, giving me a job number and re-contact details. I gather someone will get back to me and tell me what they find out. He also offered me some more high-speed usage (how much wasn't specified) when I ran out. As I'm right on the dialup limit I asked if I couldn't have it now - exams, assignments rolling in. After a bit of "Let-me-see-ing" I think that ended up being something the person who calls me back will say yea-or-nay to.

Just for future ref, can you tell me (for the missus) how to change the password on the wi fi gadget you have? I saw a long rigmarole on a Crowd Support thread (http://crowdsupport.telstra.com.au/t...p/168898#M1260). Surely there has to be a simpler way?

Meanwhile, dialup for half-a-month. omg, as the kids say today.

Cheers

ausgumbie




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18 Sep 2014   #12
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

The reason there's no log anywhere to tell you what you've downloaded is because downloads/uploads can be initiated by pretty much any program you have installed on your computer. It's not just FireFox that can download but so can many other programs. Anything (such as software updates) downloaded by a program other than FireFox won't show up in the browser's download history.

You may have contracted some malware that is causing your unexplained data consumption, so malware scans are in order. But before that, I would use msconfig to determine what programs are being started at boot time since those are the most likely culprits as to unexplained data consumption.
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18 Sep 2014   #13
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

You can verify your existing password contains multiple numbers and letter with also capitals ?
I switched to U-verse mid last year they had a simple 9-10 only number password
I just got a new modem/ router and they finally shifted to a real combination character password I feel better anyway I'm in close proximity to neighbors
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18 Sep 2014   #14
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

@ausgumbie. Actually that screen shot I posted yesterday was of my modem as I have a website tab which shows me the modem.
To change the password of your wife's modem, log in as usual, then select Device Security, at the top is Administrator Login which will have a password there, delete that & type in your new Password, this will then ask you to save it, do so & be sure to write the new password down somewhere for safe keeping.

If you do not use the WiFi part of your modem you can disable the WiFi detection if you wish. If this is disabled that should prevent anyone else gaining access to your modem.
I have mine disabled as I don't have any requirement for WiFi.
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18 Sep 2014   #15
ausgumbie

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi All
I'll be quick as I'm on dialup. I guess they decided at Telstra "Naah, we won't give him any tide-over credit." That's Aus for you.
Strollin - doyou know if Windows has a computer activity log? That might be something in the manufacturer's software (Toshiba).
ThrashZone - yep, Telstra called my password "strong" when I changed it. Mind you, it only lets you use numerals, capitals and lower case and two symbols.
Ranger4 - many thanks, much appreciated!

cheers

ausbumbie
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19 Sep 2014   #16
gregrocker

 

Look in the Downloads folder. Unless you changed it's directory any browser will direct the downloads there. They don't disappear after download from the Downloads folder, only from the downloads manager.

Did you download Adobe Creative Suite or its updates?

Password your modem, your network and your PC.
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19 Sep 2014   #17
ausgumbie

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Can Windows help me find what I've downloaded?

Hi GregRocker

unfortunately, anything I download into the Downloads folder I immediately move to other folders, so the Downloads folder is bare.

I have two Adobe Creative Suite components installed - Photoshop and Acrobat. About two years I had the entire suite installed and a similar thing like this (unexplained usage spike) happened, which at the time I attributed to CS, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled the two components mentioned not long after (I find them useful). So, could the fact I've got these two components installed attract "complete suite" updates? I didn't think that'd happen - just that any updates would be for those two components.

Speaking of Adobe, I just had an update for Adobe Reader X (10.1.12) MUI. I accepted it and, judging by the little download window/box, it downloaded very quickly. According to "Control Panel > Uninstall or Change a Program", the program is "Installed on 20/09/2014" and its size is "455 MB". Now, I'm presently on dialup speed, so I'm sure 455 MB wouldn't have downloaded in a matter of seconds. Just for my future reference (because it was on just such an entry I thought I'd got a 1+GB update for CS two years ago) does that mean the update was just a few kb-sized files added to an existing program of some 455 MB already OR (somehow) it was a 455 MB update?

Back to the original “usage-spike” incident, the key date was 16/09/2014. I’ve been slowly looking at folders and files with that date. One is “Notes” filled with .jtp files (i.e., for Windows Journal). But the Windows Update History doesn’t show any updates for 16/09/2014. Any thoughts??

Cheers

ausgumbie
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19 Sep 2014   #18
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

@ausgumbie. In one of your post you mentioned Norton 360 backing up to the Cloud. It would be very worthwhile looking to see if you can block that occurring, as it may be running in the background, without your knowledge.
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19 Sep 2014   #19
ausgumbie

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Can Windows help me find what I've downloaded?

Thanks Ranger4

Good thought. Might not be able to but I'll certainly give it a go.

Cheers

ausgumbie
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