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How to stop Automatic Download

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by smuralidhar, Oct 6, 2010.

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  1. smuralidhar

    smuralidhar Thread Starter

    Jan 1, 2006
    Every time, I switch on my Broadband connection, something will automatically start to download into my computer. Every time approximately 60 to 70 MB is downloded in to my computer.

    How can check what is being downloaded into my computer.

    Is there any method to stop all “Automatic Downloads” including all updates.

    Recently neither I have downloaded anything from web nor I have installed anything from CD.

    I am using Windows XP 3 (Professional)
  2. tommo020788


    Oct 20, 2008
    Hi Smuralidhar,
    How are you recognizing that there is something downloading? Is this just through looking at your internet bill? or are you seeing some kind of window pop up when you turn the internet on?

    For me, or anyone else to be able to help you out, we will need to see what is running in the background on your computer.

    Download and install this free program: Hijack-This
    Once you download and install it, run a scan with it.
    When the scan is finished, it should have a log that opens up in note pad.
    Copy and paste that log into here for us to look at.
  3. tommo020788


    Oct 20, 2008
    Another possibility, is that "Automatic Updates" for windows is turned on.
    To turn off "Automatic Updates" for windows, do the following:

    Click start,
    Click control panel,
    Make sure control panel is in "classic view". To do this, look to the left of the control panel window. If it is not in classic view already, there will be a clickable icon on the left that says "switch to classic view",
    Once you have control panel in the "classic view", click on the icon that says "Automatic Updates" below it,
    This will open the "Automatic Updates" Window.

    In the "Automatic Updates" Window, there are 4 options to choose from:
    You need to choose one of the last two on the list. This will stop it from downloading updates automatically.
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
    Right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties - Automatic Updates(tab), change the setting to "Notify me but don't automatically download and install them", then click Apply - OK.

    From now on, the only time the yellow shield will appear in the taskbar is when you're alerted to new updates that need to be installed. You can then pick you own time when you want to download and install them.


    There's also the possibility that your anti-virus program or some other program is set to automatically scan for and download updates when your internet connection is active.

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