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Windows 8: Something keeps downloading on my internet wifi

Samwise Gamgee 2,574 229 December 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I upgraded to Windows 8. I only installed antivirus.

I have prepaid wifi (mobile hotspot).
I'm looking at its network connection.
Something keeps "receiving" (downloading) on the connection.

Can you please help me figure out what that is?
  • I've turned off Windows update and antivirus update.
  • I've turned off updating of tiles in the Metro UI.
  • I've closed all IE windows, but something is still downloading.

I look in Resource Monitor.
There's a svchost.exe (netsvcs) that is actively receiving. What does this mean? Isn't svchost.exe tied to something? Is it the netsvcs?

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why not download wireshark and monitor traffic?
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How much data are we talking?

I would do this http://answers.microsoft.com/en-u...41a072ec10 Even though its for vista, it should be similar in Windows 8
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I Googled svchost.exe netsvcs using my internet. A forum showed how to find the services that svchost.exe netsvcs was tied to.

It appears the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) service might be the culprit. I tried disabling that service. Voila! No more jacked downloading.

I need to do more research ...

I'm not sure what other issues disabling BITS service will bring up.

Once I reboot my laptop, the downloading will probably be jacked again.
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What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Most modern OSes will send and receive packets with other networked devices in order to make sure that they are still connected to said network.

Are you encountering an issue where your system is bogged down due to excessive network traffic? Because the BITS service is hardly a network sink. What exactly do you mean when you say your "downloading will probably be jacked again"?
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What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Most modern OSes will send and receive packets with other networked devices in order to make sure that they are still connected to said network.

Are you encountering an issue where your system is bogged down due to excessive network traffic? Because the BITS service is hardly a network sink. What exactly do you mean when you say your "downloading will probably be jacked again"?
OP most likely uses FreedomPop like some SDers.
http://www.freedompop.com/plans.htm
..their free service provides 500MB/data each month with overage of $0.02/MB.

So OP is probably just looking out to make sure he doesn't have any unnecessary bandwidth usage.
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Quote from kakomu View Post :
What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Most modern OSes will send and receive packets with other networked devices in order to make sure that they are still connected to said network.

Are you encountering an issue where your system is bogged down due to excessive network traffic? Because the BITS service is hardly a network sink. What exactly do you mean when you say your "downloading will probably be jacked again"?
My guess is the user is trying to limit their bandwidth useage since they are paying per gb of data used.
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OP most likely uses FreedomPop like some SDers.
http://www.freedompop.com/plans.htm
..their free service provides 500MB/data each month with overage of $0.02/MB.

So OP is probably just looking out to make sure he doesn't have any unnecessary bandwidth usage.
I'm using Walmart's Internet on the Go prepaid wireless internet service.
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Quote from Samwise Gamgee View Post :
I'm using Walmart's Internet on the Go prepaid wireless internet service.
But same concept pretty much.

How are your network speeds? Looks like they use Sprint's 3G network, which is painfully slow.

Prices are pretty good though.
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Quote from dzap View Post :
OP most likely uses FreedomPop like some SDers.
http://www.freedompop.com/plans.htm
..their free service provides 500MB/data each month with overage of $0.02/MB.

So OP is probably just looking out to make sure he doesn't have any unnecessary bandwidth usage.
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My guess is the user is trying to limit their bandwidth useage since they are paying per gb of data used.
These background services barely use much data. It seems that it would be more detrimental to limit these background processes as compared to just turning the wireless connection off when the internet isn't being utilized.
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I rebooted my laptop.
I connected to the hotspot.
The mysterious downloading is active again.

I stop the BITS service.

Voila! The mysterious downloading is no longer active.

I'm a little happier now. At least I know the culprit. And know what to do to stop the mysterious downloading.

And I can browse the internet now, without worrying the mysterious downloading eating up my data usage.

Now, time to find out exactly what this BITS service is for ...
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These background services barely use much data. It seems that it would be more detrimental to limit these background processes as compared to just turning the wireless connection off when the internet isn't being utilized.
I agree, but maybe OP wants an always-on connection for some reason or another.
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These background services barely use much data. It seems that it would be more detrimental to limit these background processes as compared to just turning the wireless connection off when the internet isn't being utilized.
I agree 100% with what your saying. The data useage we are talking about here should be pretty minor especially if Security essentials and windows updates are turned off (Bad idea BTW)

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I rebooted my laptop.
I connected to the hotspot.
The mysterious downloading is active again.

I stop the BITS service.

Voila! The mysterious downloading is no longer active.

I'm a little happier now. At least I know the culprit. And know what to do to stop the mysterious downloading.

And I can browse the internet now, without worrying the mysterious downloading eating up my data usage.

Now, time to find out exactly what this BITS service is for ...
It's very bad practice to go around disabling services and then going to find out what they do. You will break things this way and then spend lots of time fixing them. In this case you got lucky but look it up before just randomly disabling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back...er_Service
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/l...s.85).aspx
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But same concept pretty much.

How are your network speeds? Looks like they use Sprint's 3G network, which is painfully slow.

Prices are pretty good though.
Yes. Same concept.

Speeds not too bad. It has it's moments. But for the most part I'm happy with it. I use mainly for email, checking slickdeals, and whenever I'm too lazy to go to Starbucks to hook up to their wifi.

Yeah, I like that I don't have to refill until another year.
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These background services barely use much data. It seems that it would be more detrimental to limit these background processes as compared to just turning the wireless connection off when the internet isn't being utilized.
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I agree, but maybe OP wants an always-on connection for some reason or another.
I power off the hotspot, when not in use.

However, when I do connect my laptop to the hotspot, the BITS service is consuming the data usage. I think more than I am. I want to have the data usage for internet surfing, not the BITS service.

For example:

In 10 minutes, I've consumed about 3mb, general internet surfing (i.e., visiting slickdeals, responding in this thread).

When the BITS service is on, in 10 minutes, 10mb may have been consumed. Not good.

And even when I'm not surfing the web (I don't have any IE windows open), data usage continues to be consumed by the BITS service.

So for now, until I find out more about this BITS service, I'm stopping it, whenever I'm connected to the hotspot.
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