Is my laptop infected with spyware

  Never again 12:41 07 Nov 2008

I run my windows xp laptop internet access on a mobile dongle with one of the main mobile phone companies, which has a 3gb a month data limit before charging extra.

I was connected for just over an hour today via the bundled software to do my emails through outlook, and noticed that 400mb of data had been uploaded. I normally don’t exceed more that 12 mb over the course of a day, and some days less than that.

I’m obviously worried that someone has either hijacked my connection or my data, or my laptop is infected with spyware.

I run windows firewall, which I assume covers the mobile connection, and superantispyware free which I update and run every couple of days, along with AVG antivirus free on a daily basis.

Your advice would be much appreciated.

  Pineman100 12:45 07 Nov 2008

Are you certain that the 400Mb was just the one hour's usage, and not a total of your use so far this month?

  Rahere 12:48 07 Nov 2008

That seems a lot - It's worth checking your firewall logs, your browser history, and email to see what volume/time you can prove you used.

Then call your ISP and question the bill firmly but politely.

  Never again 13:10 07 Nov 2008

My usage is split into daily, monthly and yearly logs and also counts up each session I connect.

It was 40mb in just over an hour uploaded with only 7mb downloaded, which is about all that went into my outlook inbox.

I am a mobile safety rep and do not deal with the financial side - thats done by my union treasurer, but I never stay connected for more than about 2 hours maximum, as I connect a few times each day, but I will ask him to speak to the provider.

I really concerned that I'm infected with something that my precautions have not detected.

How can I check and/ or improve my protection?

  Pineman100 17:31 07 Nov 2008

The answer top your question rather depends on what security software you're running already.

This thread click here has a very useful post by skidzy on all kinds of free security software. Read through it carefully to see what combination of programs he recommends.

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