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Old 08-26-02, 02:51 PM   #1
Andy Kim
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Internet connection is sending packets even when idle

Hi,
I was browsing around the control panel (WINXP) and went to Network Connetions/Internet Connections.
I have a DSL connection that's always on and is connected with a Linksys Router.
Anyways, the internet connection screen shows the number of packets sent and received. Even when I'm not using the internet (but still connected), its always sending packets (albeit small amounts). Is this proper? Or is some spyware sending my info that I'm not aware of?
Thanks for any replies
Andy
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Old 08-26-02, 03:03 PM   #2
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Well, on my 56k connection it does that as well. As far as I remember it's almost always done that so I think it's normal.
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Old 08-26-02, 04:07 PM   #3
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Windows has gotten somewhat "chattier" over the years. What information is it communicating? Who knows?

I strongly suspect most of it is just "pings" or other ISP-control junk. The rest is probably a mishmash of software checking for updates. (Messenger, Winamp, Real, Norton Antivirus, etc.) I don't think it's sneaky-shady personal-info stuff, because the EFF would have told us already. As long as your idle packets aren't too crazy-large, then you're probably A-OK.

If you're really curious, pick up a packet sniffer and point it at the same system.

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Old 08-26-02, 05:13 PM   #4
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I guess you could d/l adaware to see if there is any spyware on your PC. It's probably nothing though, but if you haven't got adaware, it's a good product to have anyway
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Old 08-27-02, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: Internet connection is sending packets even when idle

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Originally posted by Andy Kim
Hi,
I was browsing around the control panel (WINXP) and went to Network Connetions/Internet Connections.
I have a DSL connection that's always on and is connected with a Linksys Router.
Anyways, the internet connection screen shows the number of packets sent and received. Even when I'm not using the internet (but still connected), its always sending packets (albeit small amounts). Is this proper? Or is some spyware sending my info that I'm not aware of?
Thanks for any replies
Andy
Do you have any programs that use the internet connection running in the background? Stuff like AIM or MS Messenger? Only way to be sure is to run a network sniffer and record the packets and the port numbers.

You can also run net stat at the command line and it will tell you all the tcp/ip connections and their port numbers.
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