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Windows 7: Downloads from Microsoft


18 Sep 2011   #1

Windows home 64 bit
 
 
Downloads from Microsoft

Hope someone can help me out. Using a mobile broadband dongle I am limited to 3GB per month downloads. This means around 100mb per day however in recent months I have been suffering large daily downloads which can swallow up my daily allowance. I cannot get to the bottom of what this daily download is other than I know it is connecting to a Microsoft IP address because I can see the address viewing through my Kaspersky firewall software. I have switched off auto updates or atleast I have switched Windows 7 to check for updates but to allow me to choose when to download them. I dont know what else on my system may be connecting daily to a microsoft IP address so look here for help and advice.

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18 Sep 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

If you have Microsoft Security Essentials installed it will connect daily, if not more often, to update its definitions. I do believe it will do it even if windows update is turned off too.
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19 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

You could check the resource monitor. It will show you the processes that connect to the internet. It's already built into Windows 7:

Resource Monitor
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19 Sep 2011   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
If you have Microsoft Security Essentials installed it will connect daily, if not more often, to update its definitions. I do believe it will do it even if windows update is turned off too.
That's true, but MSE updates should be nowhere near 100MB in size. As far as I can recall, there hasn't been anything very large from MS these past couple days - not on the scale of what the OP is experiencing.

Edit:
Misread the OP. How large exactly do you mean by "large" daily downloads? Also checking, do you browse YouTube or other video sites? (Those HD videos really add up.)
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19 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

A fresh RTM Windows 7 install would really rake up download bandwidth, you know.
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19 Sep 2011   #6

Windows home 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your feedback on the issue I am experiencing. The downloads I experience are around 50mb each time - often it can be twice per day which obviously will use up my 100mb allowance. All I know is when it starts if I view my network connections on Kaspersky internet security it highlights an IP address which when I check it out is associated to Microsoft so I presume its a microsoft product of some kind updating.
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19 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Can you have you allowance increased.
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19 Sep 2011   #8

 

Unattended downloads are usually the automatic updates, and you should be able to see that if you go Start -> Control Panel -> Windows Update; Windows is pretty quick to roll over and show you what it's doing with minimal prodding - seems highly suspicious for it to download anything sizable - especially if it's an ongoing daily thing - without you being able to bring up an interface to see what's going on.

I don't know how Windows handles failed updates though, maybe this is why it keeps trying to download something? Last time I updated a fresh XP/7 install (all updates, service packs, everything + kitchen sink), it only took overnight over a 2MB broadband connection, after which the recent updates are pretty much tiny kb-sized hotfixes.
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19 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Did you recently install programs that would include an auto-updater for said programs?
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19 Sep 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Also you mentioned Kaspersky A/V, it has to update definitions also.
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