Updates to antivirus and other apps hit at least a GB very fast. 46MB would happen very quickly. Even a few emails could hit that much.
There are 3 laptops in my family home that use our wireless internet connection. About 6 months ago we started going RIDICULOUSLY over our internet GB limit every single month. There was no change whatsoever in our patterns of daily use, but suddenly we are reaching our monthly limit within 2 weeks of starting the month.
Two of the laptops are Windows 8.1, so we turned on Show Estimated Data usage. We also uninstalled all the apps that come with Windows 8 that could be using up the data in the background.
We noticed my laptop in particular showing a lot of data usage....it is CONSTANTLY rising. When I sit with nothing at all open I watch the Estimated Usage steadily rise...example: I reset it 20 minutes ago, left the computer idle, and when I returned it was at 46 MB usage. Nothing was running. No one is using the computer. When I disconnect for a few minutes and then connect again, suddenly it starts rising like crazy, then will go to a more steady pace. But it is constantly rising with nothing open.
Is this much idle data usage normal? How could it possibly be using up this much data when no one is even touching the computer...
Our wireless internet is password protected and always has been, and my computer does not show any viruses or malware when scanned.
I'm getting extremely fed up with going over our family's internet limit each month with no logical explanation as to why this is happening. It is not simply a few gbs over the limit, we are reaching our 60 GB limit within 2 weeks, where as previously we would use about 40 - 50 GB in the entire month.