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Discussion in 'Networking' started by washton, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. washton

    washton Thread Starter

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    Can someone tell me if there is internet traffic even when the Internet exploreer is not enabled? My modem indicates that there is and the Local Area Connection also indicates activity. If there is traffic,what is doing it and how do I stop it?.
     
  2. cwwozniak

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    Yes it is possible. What other programs do you have open and what kind of tasks do you have running in the background?

    An e-mail program may be checking for new messages every so often.

    Some programs have separate update checkers that run in the background even if the main program is not running.

    A hacker on the Internet maybe trying to hack into your computer.

    You may have a virus that is trying to send itself to everyone in your e-mail address book. A different type of virus may be sending your credit card and other personal information to a the Russian Mafia.

    You may want to investigate a software firewall for your computer. Some if not all can be set up to warn you whenever any program tries to access the Internet or if someone is trying to access your computer from the Internet. Some also have "STOP" button that instantly stops all traffic when clicked. A software firewall is not 100% secure. A software virus may be able to get around it.
     
  3. kiwiguy

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    My system has intermittent broadband router activity even with the PC's off, it is just a "heartbeat" to confirm connectivity in my case
     
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