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Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Netlimiter 2 Monitor
Do you know which applications and processes connect to the Internet
on your computer ? If you use a firewall chance is that you had to
define rules to allow certain programs the right to connect to the
Internet. Sometimes however users think of this as a burden and use low
security settings to prevent that they are being pestered all day with
questions from their firewall.
The result? All programs can connect freely to the Internet. While
most certainly do so legitimately, for instance to download updates or
to display websites, others may be sending data about your computer to a
server on the Internet or even steal files from it. Netlimiter
2 Monitor is a sweet software that displays all open processes and
applications on the system detailing their incoming and outgoing
bandwidth along with ports, IP addresses and process numbers. That's
basically the same amount of information that my previous favorite Currports is displaying but with the addition of bandwidth which CurrPorts is not displaying.
The first difference is that Netlimiter Monitor has a history feature
where it is displaying which applications have connected to the
Internet before on your system. Great for quickly checking out if an app
is among the list that should not be there. Note that the history only
dates back to the date you have installed Netlimiter on your system and
not before that time.
It's definitely a great application if you want to evaluate the
bandwidth usage of a process or software. I used it to keep an eye on
Skype to see if my computer was used as a Skype supernode.
Both the Lite and Pro version are not free while NetLimiter Monitor
is. The lite version supports setting limits for programs which the
Monitor application does not.
The Pro version of Netlimiter adds some interesting functions like
Traffic Shaping, Network support, Network Tools like Whois and
Traceroute, Remote Administration and Advanced Rules that the two other
versions do not support at all.
The program is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for all
supported versions of the Windows operating system. Note that you need
to register the product for free on the developer website.