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Is my High usage genuine ?

daveg6hni
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Registered: ‎07-01-2009

Is my High usage genuine ?

I have just checked my usage, as a friend said his PN usage had suddenly become very high and I was shocked to see just how high PN said mine was !
March = 53GB
April = 151GB
May = 431GB
June = 90.5GB (first 11 days)
What on earth is going on, I never used to use more than 20 or 30GBs per month ?
I can't trust PN's figures though as it shows zero kbs used on Monday when I was at home all day, but 4.87GB used on Tuesday when I was at work all day and out all evening !
The last time I had a high usage issue it was down to iCloud, I had enabled bookmarks, but I have since removed iCloud from my PC
I tried to open a ticket, but could not find a way to open one, unless I wanted to make a complaint and I'm not quite there yet.
I have just installed networx to monitor what is being used to see how that compares with PN's calculations.
But if anyone has any useful suggestions I would be very grateful.
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ricke17
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

That's low compared to mine - I average about a 1TB a month - mainly streaming movies, torrents and the net.
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Wavemachine
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

I have had this issue since I switched to plusnet last year with ADSL and seems the same with fibre, I have posted a similar question to you today:
http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,140701.0.html
daveg6hni
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

I have today re-installed NETWORX which is a very good monitoring program.
It tells me exactly what data each application is using upload & download.
Since I installed it my data usage has only been 38.6MB
I will let it run for 24 hours and then compare it with PN's calculation.
If you too suspect your usage is not correct, it might be worth installing this free program too.
ricke17
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

Is there a Mac equivalent?
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daveg6hni
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

I can't see one on their site
https://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
But they do do Mac Apps like WiFi Guard although it's not free for the Mac Sad
This site lists Mac alternatives, but I have never used them.
http://alternativeto.net/software/networx/?platform=mac
and another site
http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/internet-roundup/4-ways-to-monitor-bandwidth-usage-on-your-mac/
ricke17
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

Cheers :-)
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Brandscill
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Re: Is my High usage genuine ?

I'm pretty sure the usage stats are junk. I apparently used 50mb yesterday when I know it would be at least 4+GB as I downloaded a Windows 8 ISO from MSDN and watched Netflix.