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Are programs secretly using your Internet connection?

Are programs secretly using your Internet connection?

If you're on a Windows computer, do something for me real quick. Hit the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up the Windows Task Manager and then click the Networking tab.

This graph shows you how much of your network or Internet capacity your computer is using. If you aren't actually browsing the Internet or transferring files over the network, you'd think it would show nothing.

Well, give it a few seconds and you'll start seeing little spikes of activity. That's because Windows and many other programs connect to the Internet in the background to check for updates, sync data or plenty of other activities.

Usually that's fine, but what if you opened the graph and it showed a lot of activity? How do you know what program is causing it?

Even if there isn't much activity, how do you know one of the programs sending and receiving data isn't a virus? Windows Task Manager won't tell you, but I have a program that will.

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