well lets start with the easy stuff, my system is not hijacked; I know this because I just purchase a new hard drive and only installed windows and the updates to bring it current. With that being said let me explain what is going on.
I discovered that my compaq P4 running windows xp sp3 home was sending billions of packets when it had only recieved 1000. Virus software showed no virus. I purchased a new HD to ensure that I would not move this hidden program onto my new drive, oddly enought it is happening after just installing all the updates. I think it's safe to say there is no issue with getting a virus from the microsoft download site. Today I discovered the problem is related to the power options in the control panel; if the system is set to Hibernate, HD to turn off or the system set to go into standby, when it wakes up the packet count is 2 billion. I verified this by rebooting the system and setting the power button to move the system to standby; I recorded the packet size then pressed the power button, the system went into standby mode, I moved the mouse returning the system to normal operation; all this took place in less than 30 seconds, now my packet set is 2 billion plus, hit the button again sending it into standby and use a key to return the system to operation and the sent packets it 5 billion.
What is going on with this? Any idea how to correct it or stop it?