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    My laptop is an Asus gaming laptop with windows 7 premium and it only got delivered to my dads house on tuesday and everything on it is running fine but my internets not going too well with it.

    To clear something up I have USB internet which PLUGS into my laptop so no my neighbours cant steal my usage. Anyway the problem is whenever im connected to the internet my usage starts being drained away very quick with 1MB used in only 15 seconds while im still on the home page! it usually goes up to 100MB+ in 15 minutes and all and I really need to get this fixed before my dad goes away to perth and take this netbook away (not my asus, my spare lappy) leaving me with no internet for homework and socialality and all and without a clue what the heck im supposed to do. Im not sure if its "windows updates" causing the problem and I admit when I first updated my laptop there were 91 windows updates and it took over an hour before I could shut down my computer. So I switched the settings to "check for updates and let me choose if i want to download and install them" and that didnt work so i tried "never check for updates" and that didnt work either. Dont say switch providers coz I dot have the money for it y'know i spent my allowance on a new computer.

    So with that information would you know what might be causing this problem and how to fix it? If your not sure how to fix it but know what it is then feel free to post a link to a website. also if you need to know anything else then post it and check back often to see if ive replied in "additional info". thankss :P

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    Originally posted by pure clouds1 View Post
    My laptop is an Asus gaming laptop with windows 7 premium and it only got delivered to my dads house on tuesday and everything on it is running fine but my internets not going too well with it.

    To clear something up I have USB internet which PLUGS into my laptop so no my neighbours cant steal my usage. Anyway the problem is whenever im connected to the internet my usage starts being drained away very quick with 1MB used in only 15 seconds while im still on the home page! it usually goes up to 100MB+ in 15 minutes and all and I really need to get this fixed before my dad goes away to perth and take this netbook away (not my asus, my spare lappy) leaving me with no internet for homework and socialality and all and without a clue what the heck im supposed to do. Im not sure if its "windows updates" causing the problem and I admit when I first updated my laptop there were 91 windows updates and it took over an hour before I could shut down my computer. So I switched the settings to "check for updates and let me choose if i want to download and install them" and that didnt work so i tried "never check for updates" and that didnt work either. Dont say switch providers coz I dot have the money for it y'know i spent my allowance on a new computer.

    So with that information would you know what might be causing this problem and how to fix it? If your not sure how to fix it but know what it is then feel free to post a link to a website. also if you need to know anything else then post it and check back often to see if ive replied in "additional info". thankss :P
    What on earth? Why did you not just get a broadband connection with a router? The Internet would be significantly cheaper and you wouldn't have to worry about 100MB.

    Turning off Windows Update, antivirus updates, browser updates and any other programs that start up and connect to the Internet should reduce data dramatically. If you want to go the extra step, something like Opera Turbo will also cut page loads.
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    • #3
      The Windows Updates can certainly eat up a lot of bandwidth but being a manufactured computer I'm sure it is loaded with a bunch of other software. Look at what is running in the system tray and process list, I bet there are a bunch of updater programs running in the background.

      If turning all that off doesn't work; how are you monitoring your internet usage? Does it have the functionality to tell you were your traffic is all going?
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      • #4
        Bandwidth Check

        Ok, here is what I would do to find out.
        Once you have the windows running, you could press Cntrl+lt+delete and call for task manager to see

        a) what's eating your resources (you can sort with maximum cpu usage)

        b) Check if the highest or equivalent program is using internet or needs internet access (you might see programs like IE/Firefox that consumes good amount CPU and you know that these programs need Internet connectivity) - so find something similar that uses high CPU that needs Internet Access and Write them down

        c) If it always happens when you start your computer then goto Start type in Msconfig in the command bar and press enter.

        Now in the start up programs try to look for that program and disable it.
        Just remember, if you are unsure of what you are going to disable during the start up, make sure to type the same name of the program on google and find out about it.

        Second Option
        This is the long way, to cut things short there is as well a Network Monitor for Windows 7 Gadget freely available on the Windows official website, you could probably download that and then analyze each program that's taking a lot of bandwidth.

        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...nalize/gadgets

        I'd say, try the second option first, if it does not work go for the first.

        Good luck
        Last edited by WA; Aug 21, 2011, 06:22 PM.

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        • #5
          First of all, find out what processes or programs are connecting to the Internet. You can't find this out on Task Manager, as sometimes checking system resources isn't accurate. Many antivirus programs with a built in firewall will enable you to check every program on your PC that is accessing the Internet, and then go from there.

          I personally don't think it makes much difference when downloading updates or having programs connect to the Internet if your connection speed is anywhere near average. If the speed is much different due to those factors, you should instead consider a faster connection.

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          • #6
            Maybe your computer programs are set to automatic updates...turn off all the programs that are set to update automatically..
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