Bandwidth Monitoring

It can be useful to know which applications on your computer are consuming your Internet bandwidth, and how much bandwidth they are consuming. Monitoring this is particularly useful if your quota usage is higher than you expect it to be.

NetBalancer is a free application that can be used for this purpose.

Using NetBalancer

  • Download and install NetBalancer from the above link.
  • If you are running a 64bit version of Windows, you may be presented with a warning similar to the one below:

It is necessary to select 'Install this driver software anyway' in order for the application to work.

  • After installing and launching NetBalancer, you will be presented with a window similar to the one below.
  • The Incoming and Outgoing columns indicate how much data is being downloaded and uploaded by an application. If you do not believe you should be downloading or uploading much, then watch for high values in these columns for an indication on which applications are problematic.
  • The Downloaded and Uploaded columns indicate the total amount of data downloaded and uploaded by an application since NetBalancer was launched. If you leave the application running for a while, these values are also useful to determine which applications are downloading/uploading large amounts of data.
  • If you leave the application running for a while, and you are unsure of how to interpret the results or how to remove the offending application, take a screenshot of the application (you may need to scroll down and take more screenshots to include all of the output) and email it to Please include a description of your problem.
  • Note: This application will also show local network traffic. This means that non-Internet traffic such as local file transfers may look problematic in the application when they are no

Last Modified: Fri, 18 May 2018 15:20:46 SAST