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Windows 7: Tracking what's downloading to my computer

03 Mar 2015   #1
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 
Tracking what's downloading to my computer

Something, somebody just downloaded over 4 GB to my computer. I ran Malwarebytes and it did not find anything amiss. I have no idea what downloaded, where it came from or where it went. I checked the Task Scheduler. It did not indicate anything scheduled for downloading, nor did it mention anything about anything being downloading.

How can I track this in the future?

I'm using Networx to view download speeds but can't find anything in that program that tells me where the download is originating. Any suggestions appreciated.


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03 Mar 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No way, seriously ?

How did you know, did you just happen to check disk space or something ?

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03 Mar 2015   #3
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

Networx displays a real time graph of what is being downloaded and uploaded. In my case, my max download is 2.1 MB. Strangely, the downloaded started at 9.6 MB which is a speed I don't have. This went on for about 30 seconds until it settled at 2.1 MB. I restarted a few times buy the download always resumed.

I used WinDirStat to see what was downloaded today as all I've done was browse a few news sites. The usage report said my total for today is 4.7 GB. No way could I rack this up browsing news sites.

At any rate, the download began AFTER I finished browsing.
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03 Mar 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In the WinDirStat picture, 4.7GB should make a pretty big blip. Did you check all the biggies from the picture.
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03 Mar 2015   #5
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
In the WinDirStat picture, 4.7GB should make a pretty big blip. Did you check all the biggies from the picture.
I went thru all the files listed as changed for today. Unfortunately, WinDirStat time reporting is about 9 hours off into the future. The download happened at about 10:00 AM. WinDirStat listed them at about 6:00 PM today. One folder was a Microsoft folder. There were many files in the folder with only 2 listed with today's date and time. The rest were somewhat older files, so it's possible the download could be for a upcoming update.

At any rate, I'd still like to know where a download is originating from.
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