Task Manager shows network activity even when idle

Discussion in 'Windows XP Networking' started by kell, May 24, 2004.

  1. kell

    kell Guest

    I access internet through Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC LAN
    ethernet card. When I log on my ISP account, and surf (or download), there
    is obviously network activity when i check task bar 'Network Utilization".
    Since past few days, however, i see certain amount of bytes being 'received'
    even when i log off from ISP account and stop surfing. And this byte amount
    is not little, but is constant and substantial. I wonder where are these
    bytes coming from and getting stored on my PC. Can anyone help me
    out with this?

    I tried to block activity at various ports using Norton Internet Security
    Pro 2003 firewall and inbuilt Win XP Internet Connection Firewall, but to no
    avail. In fact, when i checked the ICF, I saw Windows Messenger (msmsgs.exe)
    creating some nuisance here in Services tab. It automatically enables
    internet user access on many ports for TCP and UDP. I
    disable them, they get enabled automatically next time i check. My NIS 2003
    firewall tells me msmsgs.exe accesses port 22 (telnet and SSH port) even
    when i terminate it from Task Manager Services tab. It restarts itself gain
    and again and I find no other way to disable it. I want to disable it coz I
    dont use Windows messenger for IM.

    I will be checking this thread for any replies. If convenient, leave contact
    instructions in case i wish to ask couple of more questions. Help will be
    appreciative.
     
    kell, May 24, 2004
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