Are you having trouble connecting to Facebook or Twitter? Has your internet connection slowed down to the point of being unusable?
Don’t blame your ISP yet. This may be due to a program using bandwidth in the background.
In this post, you will learn how to track your application’s bandwidth usage and how to end it.
First method: Task Manager
The easiest way to monitor your network activity is through the task manager. This application shows all the programs that are currently running on your PC. This feature is available on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc. You can also right-click on Start and select Task Manager.
For most users, the Task Manager only displays programs that are currently running. Click “More” for more information.
The expanded view not only displays a list of running applications, but also indicates which ones are consuming the most resources, including network activity.
When you click on the network, the column will appear in ascending or descending order. Placing the list in descending order allows you to see which programs are most frequently used on the network.
So that you can force applications to stop. Right-click the program and select End Task.
Note. Some running applications are critical to keeping Windows running. Completing such tasks will shut down your computer.
Method two: resource control
Instead, you can use Resource Monitor to see what applications are connecting to the Internet. Resource Monitor is the best tool if you want to dive deeper into the details.
Open Run and enter RESMON. Windows 8 users may have to enter RESMON.EXE instead.
This will open the Resource Monitor. Click the Networking tab. This will show you all the network activity on your computer.
The Processes with Network Activity window has five columns.
- Image – the name of the application.
- PID – Shows the process identification number.
- Upload (bps) is the average bytes per second sent by the application in the last minute.
- Receive (Bps) is the average number of bytes per second that the application has received over the last minute.
- Total (Bps) – The total number of bytes per second used by the application in the last minute.
If you see unfamiliar programs in the list, right-click them and select Search the Web.
When you click the Search Web button, Windows will search the Web for the corresponding application.
If you find an application that is using too much bandwidth, right-click it and select End Process.
Third method: third-party tools
You can find a number of third-party programs on the Internet to help you control your bandwidth usage. This is great for students or those with limited Internet use.
While these applications give you more control over bandwidth allocation, they can be expensive. Most of them are not free, while others are freemium.
Still, if monitoring network usage is important to you, it might be worth investing in a solution. However, for most people, the first two methods should