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    Sometimes, whilst on the Internet the two little computers on the bottom task bar start flashing madly when in fact I shouldn’t be connected to a site.

    My immediate thoughts were spyware or one of my many programmes looking for updates. Ad-Aware and Spybot give a clean bill of heath as does AVG.

    So my question is: Is there a programme available that will identify who my computer is talking to? Nothing sinister has ever resulted from this activity but I’d just like to know who’s talking to me.

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    One would be for the Net, and if you're on a LAN / home network.

    You could go to start/run type in cmd and then type in netstat.

    Or netstat /? for the diff commands, for netstat.

    This is if u use XP.

    The Net monitor is just telling u that you're connected to the Net. BUT yup, usually they flash if something is updating.

    Or when you're browsing a network / the Net.
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    No home network Speedy, just old 56K dial-up, explorer and ME.

    Tried netstat and just got a black and white flash across the screen that looked like a DOS screen.

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    Have you got something like a firewire card?

    If you're not on a network, I dont know what the 2nd monitor would be.

    Umm hover the mouse over the other monitor (not the dialup one).

    Whats it say? Does it show a name? Or go into my network places / view network connections.

    What are the names of the network connections here?

    Umm, so did netstat work? come up with connections etc?

    I've never used ME. So dunno whether its got netstat, or not.

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    first things first....install a decent firewall !
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    gidday,

    It may be your isp doing a check

    a firewall called zonealarm may be able to tell you who is calling home,
    this firewall can bog your system down, take care with it.

    check your scheduled tasks to see if any thing has been started,
    and check the preferences of any recently installed software.

    a look at startup entries for any strange entries might be worth a
    shot.

    cheers,

    Robby

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    One represents incoming data packets, the other outgoing. You'll often get actvity while online even when you're not browsing or emailing. Lots of things can activate your connection, eg your isp checking that your connection's alive, anonymous port scanning and a raft of other things.

    These activities use miniscule amounts of your bandwidth, and as long as you have a decent firewall installed, are absolutely nothing to worry about.
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    gidday again,

    further to my other post, I recall a computer with ME
    that kepted dailing out, it turned out to be a scheduled task,
    ME had setup to check the accuracy of the on board clock.

    cheers,

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    This program will do what you want:

    http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/TcpView.html
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    Ok guys, let’s clarify a couple of things.

    Sometimes when this happens I am only (I think, hence my curiosity) connected to my ISP (ClearNet) and I didn’t realise it might just be the ISP querying the connection. Fair enough.

    No, I don’t have a firewall, although I once did and as you say Robby it completely bogged the system down. My personal experience is that Zone Alarm along with NAV can just about bring any system to its knees so I threw both out. For what it’s worth my old 600mhz P3 with 448 of RAM and ME can whip most of the 1 gig machines running XP, NAV & Zone Alarm. The other thing was I couldn’t find a way to shut Zone alarm up and I’m sure it reported every bit of noise on the dial up connection.

    That programme looks interesting Zqwerty so I’ll down load it and see how we get on. I’ll let you know.

    Nothing sinister has ever happened to the computer so I’ll really only being nosey.

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