My dialup connection is receiving 10 times as much data as its sending

Question

I am having a problem with my computer. My dial up connection is receiving about 10 times as much data as it is sending. In a 30 minute period, my computer shows that it receives over 7 million bytes. I have run three different anti-virus programs, and they find nothing. I also have run four different spycatcher programs. I don't know how else to diagnose the problem Can you please help me fix my problem?

Thank you.

Julie Fisher

Answer

This question was answered on October 28, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A Firewall is a system which limits network access between two or more networks Normally, a Firewall is deployed between a trusted, protected private network and an untrusted public network For example, the trusted network might be a corporate network, and the public network might be the Internet

A Firewall might grant or revoke access based on user Authentication, source and destination network addresses, network protocol, time of day, network service or any combination of these It might be implemented as an Application Level Firewall or a Packet Level Firewall It might also implement a Content Filter, such as a Virus Wall

Set up a firewall

The Internet is a necessity for many people today but it also opens the door to unwanted communications That's why — as a first line of defence — you should consider a firewall as a necessity.

Software firewalls, such as the Microsoft Internet Connection Firewall built into Windows XP Professional, protect only the computer they're running on A good backup defence to hardware firewalls, software firewalls on their own cannot protect your entire network To enable a firewall on a machine running Windows XP:

Click Start

Click Control Panel

Double-click Network Connections then right click on the connection you use for Internet access

Select Properties, then click the Advanced tab

Select Protect My Computer and network by preventing access to the Internet

Click OK

If you don't have Windows XP, you can purchase a commercial software firewall such as McAfee's or Symantec's.

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Posted by gilbert of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 28, 2004