How can I find out who causes µTorrent traffic on my WiFi network?

Jill Porter June 1, 2011
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How do I search my Mac for these files? My wireless is being used, not by me, to upload ~50GB per month, at my cost. I would like to search my Mac. I looked in Finder and all that came up was your Dropbox guide.

  1. akhilesh kumar
    January 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    how do I search my Mac for these computers? My wireless is being used dealy high bandwidth brig , not by
    me, to upload morthan6 GB per day, at my office. I would like to search my
    Mac. I looked in Finder and all that came up was your Drop box guide.

  2. James Bruce
    June 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Jill, a cursory glance at that shows you're running Carbonite backup software, which would be uploading a lot to your cloud backup storage. Are you sure the traffic is coming from uTorrent and not Carbonite?

  3. James Bruce
    June 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Hi Jill. I think it's quite unlikely that uTorrent would be running on your mac without your knowledge, but to make doubly sure there is application in teh system tools / utilities folder called activity monitor. If you just type "monitor" into the top right quick finder it should be the top result. You can either have a look for utorrent in there, or if you want to post it here, you can save the output as a text file using File -> Save and copy and paste contents here for us to look at for you. 

    I think it's more likely that your Wifi is being hacked. Do you know what level of protection it has? If it's only secured using WEP, that's incredibly easy to crack the password of in less than 5 minutes in many cases. Chaning the password will only stop them for another 5 minutes while they re-crack it. Please check that the security method is WPA2, and use a password that's not plain english (these are also easy to crack even on a WPA/WPA2 security level). I'd suggest a password of the form punctuation-word-number or similar , like $network12345 so you can still easily remember it yourself. 

    • Jill Porter
      June 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

      Dear James
      Thank you so much. My security is WPA2. I have changed my password to a form as you suggested and keep my fingers crossed.

      I have checked my activity monitor and can't see evidence of uTorrent, however I will paste the contents here for you to check.

      I really appreciate your help because I can't get my provider to help out at all! I guess they're happy with me chewing up the GB!
       Jill

      Active Memory: 2.59 GB
      Free Memory: 289.6 MB
      Wired Memory: 429.6 MB
      Used Memory: 3.72 GB
      Inactive Memory: 725.6 MB
      Total VM: 205.03 GB
      Number of processes: 86

      PID    Process Name              User       CPU      Real Mem        Virtual Mem   
      0      kernel_task               root       3.6      255.0 MB        2.50 GB         
      1      launchd                   root       0.0      780 KB          2.34 GB         
      10     kextd                     root       0.0      2.0 MB          2.34 GB         
      11     notifyd                   root       0.0      504 KB          2.32 GB         
      12     diskarbitrationd          root       0.0      1.3 MB          2.33 GB         
      13     configd                   root       0.0      2.4 MB          2.36 GB         
      14     syslogd                   root       0.0      624 KB          2.34 GB         
      15     DirectoryService          root       0.1      4.4 MB          2.34 GB         
      16     blued                     root       0.0      3.4 MB          2.35 GB         
      17     distnoted                 daemon     0.1      1.3 MB          2.33 GB         
      19     ntpd                      root       0.0      748 KB          2.32 GB         
      21     usbmuxd                   _usbmuxd   0.0      2.7 MB          2.35 GB         
      22     SystemStarter             root       0.0      480 KB          2.33 GB         
      25     securityd                 root       0.0      3.6 MB          2.35 GB         
      28     mds                       root       0.1      69.8 MB         2.63 GB         
      29     mDNSResponder             _mdnsrespo 0.0      1.8 MB          2.35 GB         
      30     loginwindow               Jill       0.0      10.4 MB         2.94 GB         
      31     KernelEventAgent          root       0.0      556 KB          2.33 GB         
      33     hidd                      root       0.5      980 KB          2.33 GB         
      34     fseventsd                 root       0.0      2.1 MB          2.34 GB         
      36     dynamic_pager             root       0.0      392 KB          2.32 GB         
      42     autofsd                   root       0.0      552 KB          2.33 GB         
      45     CarboniteDaemon           root       0.5      37.2 MB         1.07 GB         
      56     coreservicesd             root       0.0      13.4 MB         2.41 GB         
      63     WindowServer              _windowser 5.3      117.6 MB        3.15 GB         
      99     cvmsServ                  root       0.0      484 KB          2.33 GB         
      110    coreaudiod                _coreaudio 0.0      2.0 MB          2.34 GB         
      126    launchd                   Jill       0.0      888 KB          2.34 GB         
      130    Dock                      Jill       0.0      11.4 MB         2.91 GB         
      131    SystemUIServer            Jill       0.0      20.5 MB         2.95 GB         
      132    Finder                    Jill       0.1      42.8 MB         3.05 GB         
      134    fontd                     Jill       0.0      3.9 MB          2.38 GB         
      145    pboard                    Jill       0.0      376 KB          2.32 GB         
      150    UserEventAgent            Jill       0.0      3.8 MB          2.35 GB         
      157    AirPort Base Station Agen Jill       0.0      3.8 MB          2.86 GB         
      158    CarboniteStatus           Jill       0.0      3.5 MB          1.13 GB         
      160    textcast_httpd            Jill       0.0      780 KB          598.5 MB        
      161    Folder Actions Dispatcher Jill       0.0      3.9 MB          2.85 GB         
      163    TISwitcher                Jill       0.0      3.6 MB          2.85 GB         
      175    Growl Menu                Jill       0.0      7.9 MB          10.89 GB        
      176    iTunes Helper             Jill       0.0      3.6 MB          2.86 GB         
      178    Microsoft AU Daemon       Jill       0.0      7.2 MB          1.30 GB         
      184    Growl Menu                Jill       0.0      7.1 MB          10.89 GB        
      185    EvernoteHelper            Jill       0.0      3.5 MB          1.13 GB         
      186    Things Helper             Jill       0.0      2.4 MB          1.10 GB         
      188    Adobe Updater             Jill       0.0      1.6 MB          1.15 GB         
      207    dbfseventsd               root       0.0      1.4 MB          588.3 MB        
      234    Firefox                   Jill       12.6     1.63 GB         5.38 GB         
      237    Firefox Plugin Process    Jill       8.7      170.8 MB        2.13 GB         
      368    check_afp                 root       0.0      708 KB          2.33 GB         
      394    Mail                      Jill       0.0      144.9 MB        5.24 GB         
      2269   AppleSpell.service        Jill       0.0      6.8 MB          2.35 GB         
      2351   Grab                      Jill       0.0      4.1 MB          1.19 GB         
      4045   Dropbox                   Jill       0.0      25.9 MB         1.20 GB         
      5691   iCal                      Jill       0.0      45.8 MB         2.96 GB         
      5695   applepushserviced         root       0.0      4.6 MB          2.35 GB         
      5723   Address Book              Jill       0.0      24.5 MB         2.94 GB         
      7549   Image Capture Extension   Jill       0.0      7.1 MB          2.90 GB         
      11760  diskimages-helper         Jill       0.0      4.5 MB          2.36 GB         
      11766  hdiejectd                 root       0.0      1.2 MB          2.34 GB         
      11784  diskimages-helper         Jill       0.0      4.5 MB          2.36 GB         
      11823  diskimages-helper         Jill       0.0      4.4 MB          2.36 GB         
      11871  Net Monitor               Jill       1.2      10.0 MB         1.18 GB         
      11874  netmonitord               Jill       0.3      1.1 MB          613.8 MB        
      11889  diskimages-helper         Jill       0.0      4.5 MB          2.36 GB         
      11910  Net Monitor Sidekick      Jill       0.0      5.4 MB          1.22 GB         
      11918  NMSidekickAgent           root       0.0      1.2 MB          612.1 MB        
      23289  Bento                     Jill       0.0      47.0 MB         1.33 GB         
      23341  Numbers                   Jill       0.0      18.3 MB         1.33 GB         
      32198  iTunes                    Jill       0.1      100.1 MB        1.42 GB         
      32204  AppleMobileDeviceHelper   Jill       0.0      4.2 MB          614.1 MB        
      37971  imklaunchagent            Jill       0.0      716 KB          2.35 GB         
      45884  WebKitPluginAgent         Jill       0.0      364 KB          2.34 GB         
      49567  iPhoto                    Jill       0.0      134.9 MB        1.43 GB         
      53060  aosnotifyd                Jill       0.0      3.2 MB          2.35 GB         
      53498  PTPCamera                 Jill       0.0      5.2 MB          2.86 GB         
      53791  Pages                     Jill       0.0      66.4 MB         1.32 GB         
      53817  Acrobat                   Jill       0.3      61.8 MB         1.34 GB         
      53821  mysqld                    Jill       0.0      3.0 MB          606.3 MB        
      53883  mdworker                  Jill       0.1      16.5 MB         2.37 GB         
      53884  mdworker                  _spotlight 0.0      3.6 MB          2.35 GB         
      53899  ocspd                     root       0.0      1.3 MB          2.33 GB         
      53917  Activity Monitor          Jill       7.5      28.7 MB         3.00 GB         
      53919  activitymonitord          root       7.4      1.8 MB          2.33 GB         
      53926  SyncServer                Jill       0.0      6.4 MB          2.36 GB         
      53937  PubSubAgent               Jill       0.0      8.0 MB          2.37 GB         

      • James Bruce
        June 21, 2011 at 7:40 am

        Jill, a cursory glance at that shows you're running Carbonite backup software, which would be uploading a lot to your cloud backup storage. Are you sure the traffic is coming from uTorrent and not Carbonite?

        • Jill Porter
          June 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

          No James I am not sure. However my supplier( who probably didn't know!!) said it was more likely to be a uTorrent thing!! I guess I need to look at Carbonite. If I hadn't been using my computer eg over the weekend it shouldn't have been uploading should it??
          Thanks for all your help
          Jill

        • James Bruce
          June 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

          Hi Jill. Sounds like the ISP guy was just making a random guess then, and from what you've told us it's very unlikely there is uTorrent running anywhere. 

          Carbonite actually backs-up your stuff like a screensaver - so when you DONT use the computer, it jumps into action to upload your backups. If your computer was ON over the weekend but not being used, it probably saw that as an opportune moment to backup. If you need to use Carbonite though, I'm not sure if there's a way around this issue. Obviously, it has files to backup, and they need to be uploaded, no way around it. I havent used Carbonite myself, but it may have an option to limit the amount it uploads per day or something - so it might be worth checking the app options out. 

          More than that, I've just looked back on your initial question and it seems like you're saying 50gb a month is causing a surcharge on your net bill? I've got to say, I am absolutely shocked by that. Which ISP are you using? If you dont mind me asking, how much does that cost you? It seems to be a ridiculously low limit, even for upload. Perhaps I'm out of touch here! However, if you're going to backing up to the cloud like that it may be worth your while finding an unlimited provider, or at least not quite as draconian as that. 

  4. Jill Porter
    June 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hi there
    This is for a home.. It is password protected and I have changed my password but it still continues. It is all for uploading - well virtually all.
    My real question is how do I find out if I have a torrent type programme installed.
    Thanks

    • Tina
      June 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Jill,

      how many computer are in your network? Just your one computer?

      You can look in your installed programs or you can look in running processes. Right-click the Windows taskbar and select > Start Task Manager. What > Applications do you see running after rebooting the computer? If there is nothing suspicious, look under > Processes.

      Other than that I would really recommend you to try some of the tools ha14 suggested to monitor your net traffic. Maybe someone hacked into your WiFi network. If that's the case, just change the password / network key and you should be good until they manage to hack it again.

      • Tina
        June 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

        Arg, nevermind, just saw that you're on a Mac. In that case I'm afraid I can not help you, but maybe someone else can...

  5. Tina
    June 6, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Jill,

    were the answers above helpful? Are you able to monitor and restrict the µTorrent traffic now? Please let us know in case you need more help. Thank you!

  6. Guest
    June 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    if you have Torrent type of program installed, you download things from others for free and you have to let others to download the same from you, this is how Torrent type of software works.

    • peter101
      June 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      yea but it doesn't suppose to happen without you knowing it
      in utorrent you can easily see which files are uploading

      if you are sure that isn't your pc that upload you must definitely put a password and if that doesn't help there are programs that say to you if any other pc is using your connection like wireless watch

      • Jill Porter
        June 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Hi Peter

        I see that wireless watch is a windows program. Do you know of a similar program for Mac?
        Thanks
        Jill

  7. Anonymous
    June 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Your wireless is being used by someone you don't know? Is this your home network or are you in an office etc? 
    Set a password for your network. Have a look at  How To Secure Your Wireless Network Connection  

  8. Anonymous
    June 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hi
    SurplusMeter
    http://www.skoobysoft.com/utilities/utilities.html#surplusmeter
    . It measures the download and upload traffic on your Internet connection and
    keeps a record of your traffic volume. It gives you all kinds of useful output
    statistics, like daily allowance, average daily usage, accumulated surplus, and
    more
    http://www.rawcomputing.co.uk/macnetmonitor.html.

    Display Network Traffic on your mac to see whats happening
    http://homepage.mac.com/rominar/net.html

    IPMenu 1.1
    http://www.loopware.com/software/

    IP Monitor
    http://www.skytouch.com/soft/mac/ipmonitor.html

    Wireshark
    http://www.wireshark.org/download.html

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