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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Internet connection problem


Earlier this month, I noticed that our home internet connection had suddenly got really . Although it seems like it had slowed down in the past, this time I thought it was different. I told my husband about it and he said he thought the kids had been tying up our network with different devices that were streaming Netflix or Youtube. He saw that our internet service provider's usage meter had reported that we had very heavy activity on days when he thought it should have been very low. After some troubleshooting, he concluded that our laptop that I use in the kitchen was inexplicably downloading or uploading tens of gigabytes of unknown data. To remedy the problem, he wiped the hard drive of the laptop and reinstalled the operating system. He also installed some good firewall software that had already been installed on our other home computer, but had not been on the laptop. A few bandwidth meter programs seem to confirm that the problem was solved.

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