Cyber_Specter wrote:ok there's something i havent thought about yes they might have downgraded quality. thanks spectre you come througfh again has anyone heard of bandwidth stealing virusus or worms though i can entertain that its any of what spectre said which im now leaning twards but iv'e done a little reaserch and these worms and viruses do exist so anyonw know about them?
No problem. But capital letters please, respect my OCD!
As far as I know, the only way most malware would restrict your bandwidth is if either they were:
- Programmed specifically to change your settings to cap download/upload speeds (unlikely)
- Doing downloads/uploads without your permission (more likely IMO, probably spyware)
- Hijacking your bandwidth to contribute to a DDoS (I'm really not sure on this one, don't know enough about it to be certain).
If you're concerned it could realistically be malware, then it'd be a good idea to get yourself some serious security software. Or better yet, switch to Linux (I'm assuming you're on Windows). As far as security software goes, I would thoroughly recommend ESET Smart Security (NOD32). It's unintrusive, so you don't get popups every 10 seconds asking if you want Firefox or BF2 to be blocked, and silly things like that, but at the same time it's powerful and efficient, and has yet to fail to detect malware since I've used it.