Windows 10: Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours

Discus and support Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Hi, Hope I'm posting in the right place. Because we have poor internet coverage we use 4G for internet provision, but this means that the allowance... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by annheather, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours


    Hi,

    Hope I'm posting in the right place. Because we have poor internet coverage we use 4G for internet provision, but this means that the allowance is capped at 30GB a month. This has been ok until just recently when the allowance is suddenly used up literally overnight when the computer is unattended. we've run checks for malware, viruses etc and come back with nothing. There are 4 computers on the network and we've pinned it down to the one computer - leave it switched off and no allowance is used. It's not viable to leave it continually switched off though - and it's used allowance when it's been stood unattended during the day. Has anyone any suggestions - I've spent hours looking on the internet but can't find any help.

    :)
     
    annheather, Oct 1, 2016
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  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Data Allowance being used up

    Glad to Help!
     
    DaveM121, Oct 1, 2016
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  3. Data Allowance being used up

    See options for managing data usage in Windows 10:

    Option 1:

    Set your Internet connection as metered:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/manage-windows...

    Option 2:

    Use Active Hours and Restart options:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/managing-windo...

    Option 3:

    Use Show/Hide Updates tool to block the update:

    Is there an option or work around to block updates or hardware drivers that might cause problems?

    Yes, Microsoft has released a KB update (KB3073930) that will let users block or hide Windows or driver updates.

    You can download it at the following link:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

    Option 4:

    Press Windows key + R

    Type: services.msc

    Hit Enter

    Scroll down to Windows Update

    Select it then right click it

    Click Properties

    Under the General tab, choose Startup type to DIsabled

    Click Stop

    Click Apply then OK

    Option 5:

    Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro which can pause updates for up to 35 days or block them for a year.

    Open Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation

    Click the link ‘Go to the store to upgrade or enter a product key’

    Click the $99 button to make your purchase (the price might vary by region or depending on the edition you are upgrading from or upgrading to).

    Follow the on screen instructions to make your purchase.

    Within 5 to 10 minutes, your system will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, your personal files, apps and settings preserved.

    You won’t get a product key, you get a digital license, which is attached to your Microsoft Account used to make the purchase.

    =================================================
     
    Andre Da Costa, Oct 1, 2016
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  4. jimbo45 Win User

    Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours

    Hi there

    30GB is TRIVIAL these days where people might use online streaming services - these aren't logged as DOWNLOAD as they are in real time -- things like SKY GO or equivalent -- watching say a football match (the ROUND ball variety) could consume a huge amount of bandwidth without any DOWNLOAD quota being measured at all.

    Just as an extra -- the days of capping Internet should really go the way of the Dodo --with new ultra UHD 4K (and eventually 8K) TV movies and series becoming available you will use up 10GB in about 30 secs flat !!!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Oct 1, 2016
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  5. Yes that's ok if you've got a broadband supply, but where we are there's isn't any and fibre isn't available either. We're lucky to get anything.
     
    annheather, Oct 1, 2016
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  6. linw Win User
    Check what Task Manager is showing under Network. You should be able to see what process is using the network resource.

    That computer isn't seeding torrents is it??
     
    linw, Oct 2, 2016
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  7. Bree New Member
    Bree, Oct 2, 2016
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  8. linw Win User

    Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours

    A windows update won't use 30ishGB a night as Ann has stated.
     
    linw, Oct 2, 2016
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  9. Bree New Member
    It could if this was turned on....


    Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours [​IMG]
     
    Bree, Oct 2, 2016
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  10. flybynite Win User
    If your computer is using 30 GB in one night unattended something is wrong. Very, very wrong. I would suggest testing for malware, or just wiping the disk, and reinstalling. You have something on that thing that is NOT good.
     
    flybynite, Oct 2, 2016
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  11. linw Win User
    But, has anybody really seen this happening?
     
  12. flybynite Win User
    LOL you will never ever get 30 GB of updates. A whole Windows installation is only between 3 and 4!
     
    flybynite, Oct 2, 2016
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  13. Mystere Win User

    Broadband Allowance being used in a matter of hours

    No. That doesn't do what you think it does.
     
    Mystere, Oct 2, 2016
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  14. linw Win User
    To be fair, bree was pointing to the possibility of the comp being used to seed updates to other computers.
     
  15. We've switched off automatic updates at the moment and the other setting as shown by Bree is off. Neither of which has made any difference.
     
    annheather, Oct 2, 2016
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