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Upload usage = 3GB in 24 Hrs!?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Dynamix, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. Dynamix

    Dynamix Thread Starter

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    Hey guys...

    You've just opened the door to one frustrated BT Broadband customer!!

    To cut a HUGE story short, my Internet speed has been reduced to 0.5MB or there abouts, due to the apparent infirginement of the "Fair Usage Policy".

    My ISP has decided to restrict my Web access because I've run over the usage limit.


    I said that this is impossible, to the guy on the phone. He ran some checks and discovered that MY line had consumed a 3GB upload usage in 24 HRS!!

    That is pretty much impossible for any single home user, isn't it?

    Regardless of that, I don't do any upload activity at all... Especially in the last 24 hrs.


    He said to me that it could be a virus or some sort of mal/spyware sneding data from my PC. This is highly unlikely as I regard myself as a pretty experienced, schooled and conservative Web-user.

    The only programs that I use for Internet related tasks (in the last 24-48 hrs) have been MSN Messenger, Gmail Notifier, FireFox for web page browsing and one poker tournament.

    Even in the past, when I have used a P2P program, it was not for excessive use and certainly not for uploading anything.

    Can anyone help me out? I miss my 7MB connection.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Well, I'd have to say that you have some malware or P2P application working, even if you're not aware of it.

    Please post a HijackThis 2.00.2 Log here.
     
  3. Dynamix

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    Hey,

    Ran HiJackThis, and the results are attached.

    Thanks!
     

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  4. jmwills

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    Sounds like your system is running a rogue mail server application and is being used to send spam. I would block Port 25 on the router for a time and see if the trend continues.
     
  5. Dynamix

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    But did you identify anything from the HJT log to be causing such a problem?
     
  6. EdtheRed

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    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BitTorrent] "I:\Program Files\BitTorrent\bittorrent.exe" --force_start_minimized

    Your possible culprit, it's set to run minimised at startup.
     
  7. Dynamix

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    Ok, I uninstalled BitTorrent and removed that entry above.

    I also, recently installed a tool called Net Monitor to allow me to monitor my D/U Internet usage. Do you thnik that itself is uploading vast amounts of data??

    Thank so far guys!
     
  8. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    Nope. Since the problem was upload, it's most likely that you had BT running in the background and had some files available to share. If that's the case then BT would be the culprit because it will upload any file that is requested, and certainly 3GB is possible on a 7MB connection.
     
  9. Dynamix

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    Hey,

    I understand, but the BT software which I have on one of the PC's doesn't consist of anything that would send data anywhere.

    Plus, my connection at the time was 0.4MB, nt the usual 7MB, which makes it even more hardto believe.

    Maybe the usage on the line was caused by the amount of speed tests I have done? Or the amount of sped/line tests BT conducted?
     
  10. EdtheRed

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    He means BitTorrent by "BT".

    That WOULD upload data if files that you are sharing were requested by other users of BitTorrent, and depending on what you're sharing, 3gb of data uploaded could certainly be possible.
     
  11. Couriant

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    Sorry, I forgot you are using British Telecom :) Thanks for the clarification/correction Ed.
     
  12. EdtheRed

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    No worries.
     
  13. Dynamix

    Dynamix Thread Starter

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    Ah, I see!

    Ok, I had only one 90 minute soccer match in my BT folder... I guess it could have been the culprit, but its unlikely considering it is of an old game and 3Gig in 24 hours would still be a long shot.

    Any programs to measure how much I am using other thn net Monitor?
     
  14. Dynamix

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    Hey guys,

    Just before I mark this as solved, could anyone analyse the HJT results from my other networked comp.

    Perhaps there is a problem here. The log is attached. Thanks guys!
     

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  15. JohnWill

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    You don't appear to have an Anti-Virus installed, I'd do something about that. AVG Free is a good choice, and the price is right.
     
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