Are you havingtrouble connecting to Facebook or Twitter? Has your internet connection sloweddown to the point that it’s become unusable?
Don’t blame yourinternet service provider just yet. The reason for this could be a programconsuming bandwidth in the background.
In this post,you’ll learn how to monitor the bandwidth usage of your applications and how toput an end to it.
Method1: Task Manager
The easiest wayto monitor your network activity would be through Task Manager. This application shows all the programs that arecurrently running in your PC. This feature is available on Windows 7, Windows8, and Windows 10.
Open Task Managerby hitting Ctrl + Shift + Esc. You can also right-click Startand select Task Manager.
For most users,the Task Manager will only display programs that are currently running. Click More Details to get more information.
The expanded viewwill not only show a list of running applications, but it also tells which areconsuming the most resources — including network activity.
Clicking Network will arrange the column inascending or descending order. Putting the list in descending order lets yousee which programs are getting the most network usage.
To can forceapplications to stop. Right-click the program and select End Task.
Note: Some running applicationsare crucial for Windows to continue working. Ending these types of tasks willcause your computer to shut down.
Method2: Resource Monitor
You can use Resource Monitor instead to find whichapps are connecting to the internet. Resource Monitor is the better tool to useif you want to dive deeper into the details.
Open Run and type RESMON. Windows 8 users might have to type RESMON.EXE instead.
This will openResource Monitor. Click the Network tab. This will show you all the networkactivity on your computer.
The Processes With Network Activity windowis composed of five columns.
- Image – The name of the application
- PID – Shows you the process ID number
- Send (B/sec) – This is the average number ofbytes per second the app sent in the last minute.
- Receive (B/Sec) – This is the average numberof bytes per second the app received in the last minute.
- Total (B/Sec) – Total bytes per second the appused in the last minute.
If you’re seeingunfamiliar programs in the list, right-click on it and select Search Online.
Clicking SearchOnline will prompt Windows to do a web search of the application in question.
Should you findan application that’s using way too much bandwidth, right-click it and select End Process.
Method3: Third-Party Tools
You can find anumber of third-party programs online to help monitor your bandwidth usage.This is great for students or anyone who has a cap on internet usage.
While these appsgive you more control over your bandwidth allocation, they can be pricey. Mostof them aren’t free while others operate on a freemium model.
But still, ifmonitoring network usage is important to you then it could be worth spendingmoney on a solution.For most people, however, the first two methods should