Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Mysterious activity

28 Dec 2011   #1
xgdude

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Mysterious activity

I noticed a lot of blinking lights on my DSL Modem and on my Linksys Router. The modem lights were for Internet and Activity and it looked like a download was in progress. I opened taskmaster and checked applications and there were none listed. Processes had basically no activity. Under performance it reflected CPU usage as 0 percent. Memory was at 1.91GB and physical memory was at 48%. I checked everything in the system tray and nothing was running.

Anyone have any idea what all the activity was and what can I do in the future to identify the activity. This apparent download lasted over an hour.

Running Windows 7 Home, 64 bit

xgdude


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

28 Dec 2011   #2
Qdos

 

Was there a BITS operation in progress?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2011   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums xgdude.
Modems and router always have blinking lights to verify they are connected. Was this blinking out of the ordinary?

You can see network activity by typing resmon in the Start Search then click the network tab.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


28 Dec 2011   #4
mgp1964

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

If your pc was on then there copuld have been activity such as Windows update checking for updates or other programs checking for updates or you could have seen ping request. You may also want to check your Nic settings and disable power on settings and magic packet but as long as your computer is powered on there will always be some kind of network activity if you have RIP enabled on your router.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2011   #5
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

This doesn't sound abnormal at all. Blinking lights on the router are always going to be happening, even when presumably nothing is happening on the computer. Network devices constantly stay in contact with each other. This is nothing to be concerned with.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2011   #6
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xgdude View Post
I noticed a lot of blinking lights on my DSL Modem and on my Linksys Router. The modem lights were for Internet and Activity and it looked like a download was in progress. I opened taskmaster and checked applications and there were none listed. Processes had basically no activity. Under performance it reflected CPU usage as 0 percent. Memory was at 1.91GB and physical memory was at 48%. I checked everything in the system tray and nothing was running.

Anyone have any idea what all the activity was and what can I do in the future to identify the activity. This apparent download lasted over an hour.
If you are using typical cable modem or DSL ISP arrangements, there's just lots of random external activity on the WAN side of the router, most/all of it worthless network traffic. Perhaps some of it is "malicious", seeking out unprotected machines to do who knows what to them.

If you had a software product that could log and present to you the source IP addresses you would know none of them.

All of it is "foiled" by the firewall in your router, or in the absence of a router by Windows Firewall or other software firewall products.

It's annoying to see all of this, especially if you didn't have a router and your machine itself would need to simply reject all of this nonsense traffic via software (and your machine's CPU resources). Unfortunately it is "perfectly normal" and there's nothing you can do about it.

Not to worry, especially if you've double-checked with Task Manager what your machine is actually doing and it showed nothing active or unusual. That's why you have a router... to protect you from this nonsense.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2011   #7
xgdude

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Mysterious Activity

I don't know what a BITS operation is or how to determine if such is in progress. I appreciate all of the responses to my inquiry. It appears that I have been overly cautious and that the activity in question is harmless.

Attached is a screen shot of my network actiivty during one of these Mysterious Activity events.


xgdude


Attached Files
File Type: doc network activity.doc (134.0 KB, 32 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2011   #8
Qdos

 

BITS is the Microsoft 'Background Intelligent Transfer Service' which, for example, services your Windows Update requirements and therefore can happen without express user intervention...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2011   #9
xgdude

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Mysterious Activity

Thanks for the explanation... How do I determine if the activity that I am seeing is the result of a BITS operation?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2011   #10
Qdos

 

Have a look at the following M$ page which explains BITS in more detail...

About BITS
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Mysterious activity




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Mysterious shortcuts
For the Linux Kazam recording programs I was given a set of shortcuts. Does anybody know what they mean with the 'super' key. SUPER-CTRL-R - Start Recording SUPER-CTRL-P Pause SUPER-CTRL-F - Finish Recording SUPER-CTRL-Q - Quit SUPER-CTRL-W - Show/Hide main window
Chillout Room
BSOD while AV scan activity or medium app activity
I get random BSOD when I do a full antivirus scan, or any medium application activity from MS office or graphics programs
BSOD Help and Support
Mysterious new service!
Good day people, On checking my services recently I came across this item "COSXBEMI". Has anyone come across this before? For safety's sake I have disabled it but if there is anyone out there who is familiar with this item please get back to me.
Performance & Maintenance
Mysterious SVCHOST activity since 25-5-2012
Phenomenon than meets the other day, and to launch the PC, higher CPU load. From Task Manager, we are using the CPU in the svchost * 32, If you look at the process Exploer "C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe" -g no -t 3 -o http://great-0portunity.com:8344/ -u ivtcfliha -p doqhlr" It seems...
System Security
Mysterious Vanishing HDD
So I have had a problem recently. One specific drive in my machine keeps disappearing from my computer. I know this could be the sign of a failing drive. I doubt that very much for one good reason. Restarting my computer brings it back. The problem often happens after I have had this machine up for...
Hardware & Devices
The most mysterious 5.1 issue in W7...
I know the title to this thread is a lot to live up to, but hear me out. I ran XP for years with onboard sound--no problems. I have an ASUS board with built in RealTech HD, 5.1 configured with Logitech speakers. When I upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (by upgrade, I mean complete fresh...
Sound & Audio

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:55.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App