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  1. zalternate hit the nail on the head. That mystery port was in fact uTorrent. While it wasn't active before I used it (see prior posts) to test the speed of a large 1 GB download. uTorrent has a graphical speed logging interface. I didn't recognize the port for 2 good reasons. 1. After testing I removed the firewall access for uTorrent. 2. uTorrent set up the port at random. So I guess those "nuisance traffic" hits will continue a few more days before they go away. The irony is I never finished the download and just picked something that had a lot of seeds. So kids, the lesson
  2. @mudmanc4 and zalternate, while I can appreciate your respect for my privacy. I don't believe there are many secrets left in this world today. And the last place I would keep anything of great value or a big secret is on a PC linked 24/7 to the internet. I practice safe surfing and have a LAN in my home. I also have 2 teenagers who think they can keep secrets from me on my own network. So out of respect to your forum, I will not disclose the first part of the IP for any reference. I rebooted my network on a static IP of xxx.xx.210.88, and this seems to be running much better. Not t
  3. Before my XP started creeping, I downloaded and burned the ISO of Linux Kubuntu (Ubuntu with K Desktop Enviro). Then I did the "under windows" install. Which worked out pretty well, I know some say the very best way is to do the full install on a partition, but I mainly use Linux as a backup OS (such as now) for a rainy day. There are a few drawbacks; it doesn't have a driver for my SATA drive or graphics adapter. So I can't access my SATA and I am stuck in 800x600 mode. I imagine if I chose to I could find them but like I said it is only a backdoor to the internet should something like thi
  4. Yep, if it wasn't for all the software, I'd probably dump Windows all together. This is my latest test with Linux.
  5. No that is one of the first things I remove when I install my OS. I am hoping this is not a bad card issue since that is the mobo Ethernet card I use for the internet. The LAN card is a PCI Linksys NC100 (which I could deal with) but the mobo was put in new in Feb of this year. I have ran into a lot of MCS* in my lifetime so it would not surprise me to find out that the Linux drivers for the board are better than the XP. I will look into that next. *MCS is my own custom acronym for Mysterious Computer Sh*t - feel free to add it to your library.
  6. I am so glad I ran into this thread. I have asked DTV if they could offer me internet through sat. and they said yes. But then the sales/tech started asking me about my phone. I told him there was no phone lines and why would I need one? Turns out they were just selling me a DSL I couldn't possibly use. DSL is not SAT. I was going to look into HughesNet but from what I am reading I don't want them either. My son suggested we should all just mount 10 to 12 cantennas on our roof tops and tell the corporations to byte me.
  7. Well I pretty much have gave up on the idea this is spyware. I "tested" your theory about network peaks last night. I found a sizable torrent to download and ran it before going to bed. It started out at 10 to 12 Kbps and when I woke up I checked the speed logs and found that it did peak up to 67 Kbps between 2 and 4 am. I have to pay my ISP next week so I will ask them if they are somehow responsable for my Linux OS performing better than the Windows XP OS. I ran the program CommView on my network card: Line# Known use 1 My kids playing Guild Wars on the
  8. Thanks again, but that was one of the first I tried. I used: Avira - Which is my normal all time scanner and guard Spybot - found nothing new Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - found nothing Ad-Aware 2007 - Found nothing X-Ray PC - I removed some old entries I though was gone. (punkbuster) Then I downloaded and ran: Avast, A Square, and AVG Anti-Virus Nothing found so I am looking at the past week of any software installs. Unfortunately with 2 teens who love to download games and crap... well you get the idea. The only thing I added was some USB hardware which I have conf
  9. Thanks Tommie, but it's not a matter of it being time of day or what 'they' promised. If you check it out I did the Linux (using the same hardware) above at 3:26pm then the normal XP test at 3:35pm on 09/22. Speed wasn't much an issue until recently. I thought I had picked up some malware or trojan worm. As for my ISP, I have a small tower up on the shelf that picks up a wireless signal off the county building roughly 2 miles away. It has 5 green LEDs that even with 3 lit I still get a good high speed connection. In fair weather I run 3 to 5, but it was raining yesterday and it d
  10. About 2500 Kbps, the Linux (yesterday) got a much higher score 2966/404 Kbps, today the weather is having some effect on my wireless signal. I am only running 3 out of 5 bars, but I finished ALL the malware scans and found nothing but cookies. Recently I installed new usb hardware but I eliminated that by uninstalling it. I was thinking my ISP had some kind of usage cap but using the Linux OS proves that wrong. So now I am looking into the TCP/IP settings. Here is info on my settings:
  11. Got answers? I have questions... I have a dual boot system: OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600 OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Name ROOM1 System Manufacturer BIOSTAR Group System Model P4M900-M7 FE System Type X86-based PC Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13 GenuineIntel ~1099 Mhz BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 11/7/2007 SMBIOS Version 2.4 Windows Directory C:WINDOWS System Directory C:WINDOWSsystem32 Boot Device DeviceHarddiskVolume2 Locale United States Hardware Abstraction Lay
  12. I have had both Dish and Dtv. I am going to say Dtv is slightly better. I realize my story is not typical but go ahead and laugh if you feel like it... Years ago, I was with the local Charter Cable company and had an issue with the rate hike from $34 a month to $45 and all they added was a few more shopping channels and Canadian Broadcasting. So I told them to unplug me and send the bill which I paid. At that time Radio Shack was sponsoring FREE hook up for Dtv. I went down and picked up a dish and box at the mall and was hooked up about 2 weeks later. Then a few months passed by and a
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