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How do i identify what data is being downloaded to me. My Line-Monitor graph shows incoming 27 bytes on ADSL 32/8 ( 256/64 ) and I have no download program running. Maybe it is a MS update - if so, how do I know ? Maybe it is a nasty Virus or similar - if so how do I know ? Appreciate your guidance/help please ? Regards, Frank

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You should specify what you mean by "identify what data is being downloaded."

If you are the techy-compu-geek type, then any simple "packet sniffing" program would work well for you. Just google "packet snniffer" and download one. Its mainly for the techy because most of the intercepted information would look like gibberish to the average user; it might most likely be in hex code.

if you are the average joe, then you can try a program like NetLimiter: http://www.netlimiter.com/.
it "shows list of all applications communicating over network it's connections, transfer rates and more".

Note: even though you may not have any download programs running, there may be other services running on your computer that may check stuff online periodically.

If the netlimiter program finds a program with a name that you are not familiar with (as is most often the case), an easy way to see if its a virus or a legitimate service is by simply googling the name.
Hope this works

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