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    Nov 2012

    Red face The Curious Case of Download


    I am using Ubuntu 11.10. I use Mozilla 17.0.1 as my browser.

    I have been noticing this incident for the past few days.
    Even when my browser is not downloading anything or if I have closed the Mozilla browser, the system monitor shows bytes being received.
    I checked the update manager: It shows that "package information was updated 2 hours ago" etc. So I assume that it is not the update manager which is trying to download something.

    My question is

    1)is it because of some virus? I have the UFW up and running. I haven't installed any other anti virus. Is it really required on Linux variants?

    2)How can I see the details of what UBUNTU trying to download?

    3)If there are such downloads, does Ubuntu maintain a log of such events or downloads.

    4)Is there any way to know to which location is the files being downloaded?

    5)What should I do to prevent such downloads which are not initiated by the User by a command or other means.

    Every time such a download happens, I have to disconnect from the Internet," remove" the the 3G USB DONGLE from the laptop.
    When I reconnect, the downloading had stopped and things are back to normal.
    Simply disconnecting from the Internet and reconnecting doesn't seem to help most of the time.

    Only when I remove the dongle from the machine and connect it back, such downloading stops.

    I am using a 3G service to connect to the Internet and these unknown sending/recieving of bytes is taxing my bandwidth on the Internet.


    Operating system : Ubuntu 11.10. Upgraded from Ubuntu 11.04 via update manager
    Kernel: 3.0.0-28-generic

    Browser:Mozilla 17.0.1

    Laptop Make: Toshiba Satellite C650
    Pentium Dual Core CPU@ 2.20 GHz


    NOTE: I have asked the same question in "Networking & Wireless" Section. Sorry that I posted the question in the wrong section first.

    Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Porirua, New Zealand

    Re: The Curious Case of Download

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