Computer Smart People: Please Rescue Me!

As you may have noticed, I’m currently living in Italy.  Southern Italy.  Which explains much of the stress in my life.

We can’t get ADSL to our house, so we use cellular internet.  It hasn’t been awful…we have a hotspot, and we get 300MB per day.  We can’t do any streaming but that is OK.  We only go over occasionally, like when we Skype too much, or when a kid sneaks in a video.  (There are denials all around.)  A typical day would show us using about 10MB per hour per computer online.

Then, suddenly, we started eating megabytes like popcorn.  45MB in 2 minutes, 38MB in 3 minutes, just doing normal things like checking email, writing here at The Paycheck Chronicles, and doing some Facebook.  At first, I thought the kids were up to something.  Then I spent a week arguing with my provider, who insists that it is not on their end.  Today, I started scouring the insides of my computer to find the problem.  I’ve installed a bandwidth meter which shows I’m currently using about 40MB per hour.  That’s a heck of a lot better than 40MB per minute, but still not acceptable.  I haven’t even accomplished anything!

So, my dear smart readers, do you have any suggestions?  I’ve tried seeing what is using what but I’m either not looking in the right places or I don’t know what I’m seeking.  I am desperate here.  All advice appreciated.

Otherwise you’ll be hearing crickets here, and I’ll be sad.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Guest

    In addition to the above comment, try this utility- TCP View http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/b
    TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. The columns for bytes sent and received should indicate which processes are hogging up your resources.

    Next try Process Explorer v15.13 at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/b
    The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

  • Ray Workmon

    To get down to business, download advanced system care, it is free and will clean up your system, has many features to smooth out the system. This has to be done anyway, any time you log on to Internet you will get a rush of packets everyone trying to get in. Again download Advanced System Care It is free
    Ray Workmon