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Windows 7: How to determine what generates network traffic?


09 Sep 2011   #1

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How to determine what generates network traffic?

Lately I've been having some unusual network traffic. I've checked with Network Monitor 3.4 and the process name is either svchost or system or unknown.
How can I find out what generates the traffic ? There were mainly TCP packets, but others too.

I don't expect to solve the problem for me, just want some guides that you might know of, or tools to analyze network traffic, or some info on how to interpret Network Monitor frame details.

edit: antivirus/firewall/.. is hopeless


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09 Sep 2011   #2

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You could try a packet sniffer/analyzer such as WinPcap... but they arent easy to figure out initially!
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09 Sep 2011   #3

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That's exactly what Microsoft Network Monitor does .. is a packet capture/sniffer (works even in promiscuous mode) but I still can't figure it out who generates the traffic. I mean the process associated with it is svchost, system or unknown. But how do I find out who send a request to svchost to connect to whichever IP ?
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09 Sep 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by expertvision View Post
That's exactly what Microsoft Network Monitor does .. is a packet capture/sniffer (works even in promiscuous mode) but I still can't figure it out who generates the traffic. I mean the process associated with it is svchost, system or unknown. But how do I find out who send a request to svchost to connect to whichever IP ?
I believe you will find WinPcap does a lot more than Net monitor! Or try WireSHark....
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