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data drain....cannot find the cause

Honorary Alumnus

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

OK, big user using that subroutine is Dropbox.
That is going to be the "target" of our efforts.

Beyond that, do you have a browser installed besides firefox ?
I ask because we may wish to use another browser for SOME things that you routinely do just to see if there is something, somewhere, that chews up more data than it should.

I'm dead for the night and have to work Friday but I always keep on eye on "my" topics.
New Poster

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

Thanks a lot.  I think I have disabled Dropbox.  Will need to reboot computer.  Yes I have microsoft explorer and chrome.  I do have to boot up one of those occasionally.  See ya tomorrow. 
Honorary Alumnus

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

Hi Yorkytime,

I was going through your screenshots this morning and noticed that you have a large number of "alert flags::

That seems like a large number of changes in so short of a time period.

Also, you have a period there where the computer was "on" but with very low or no data usage but still getting alert flags.

Was the computer on and simply not being used or was it in hibernation ?

For the time period in question peek at the "Alerts" tab and see if the flags were for software changes or the more normal dns changes.


As a comparison here is mine for an entire week:


Its most likely nothing but I'm curious what all the activity is about.

New Poster

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

I was doing come computer work during that period.....like upgrading Glasswire to the latest version.  But some things confuse me.....like why the adapter is being removed and added back?  Mostly this is me changing things in the computer.  here are some screen shots to match the period you mention.
New Poster

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

I have one alert this morning at 9:25 when I sat down at computer.....it only says Device list changed "Device "" added"  ??
Honorary Alumnus

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

A couple of things that come to mind:

A change of the network adaptors driver.

or

The result of the adaptors power settings:


New Poster

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

That's great.  My adapter is checked to allow the computer to turn off the device to save power.  This is a laptop computer.
Honorary Alumnus

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

My laptop is 19.3" Toshiba that was marketed as a desktop replacement. With that large of display and two hard drives and a Intel I-7 processor it is so power hungry I usually have it plugged into AC so I run everything full blast.
New Poster

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

My two are HP Pavilion with 17 or 18 inch screens.  Also have two 1 GB hard drives installed in each one.  Yes power hungry.  So I run them plugged in most of the time.  I will uncheck the box for turn off of adapter.  Desktop?  Well my laptops are more powerful and faster than hubby's desktop.  LOL
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: data drain....cannot find the cause

I get a lot of flags, too, and most of mine are due to "DNS server settings changed".  On July 29th alone I had it change five times in a span of nine hours.  This is with my desktop, connected directly to the modem.  I shut down the modem every night, so I might expect it to do it every time I boot the modem, but four times in a day?  Odd.  I don't have any issues, so I never bothered to concern myself with it. 



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