Windows Vista Uploading too much

I have a new laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate installed. All the products on the laptop are by Microsoft except for the Firewall which is Outpost Security Pro 2009. In the past 2 days the computer has uploaded 30 MB. I have not send any emails or uploaded any files. I am monitoring the bytes uploaded via my ISP's website. I checked with Outpost's Network activity and saw that SVCHOST.EXE and MSNMSGR.EXE have uploaded most of the MBs. The laptop was not turned on for 3 weeks and I noticed that Liveupdate was active and I restarted the computer and the updates are installed.

Can someone please tell me what is going on? I cannot afford to have so much uploads since I only have 13.33 MB upload daily quota.
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CaptainCyrilFounder, Software Engineer, Data ScientistAsked:
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SheddingCommented:
When you download anything you also must upload something.. this is the reason why:

1) Your computer is trying to download a file - Lets say, 100MB.  
2) The 100MB File is comprised of 100 - 1MB packets (this is done for demonstration purposes.. the packets of information are normally much smaller)
3) Every time your computer receives something it has to send out an acknowledgement of message received.  Otherwise, if the sending computer doesn't receive the acknowledgement, then it resends the packet.

So every time you download something, you are also in fact upload.

As for the MSNMSGR - That is Windows Instant Messenger.  You are talking with something and perhaps sending them pictures, or you might be doing some video conference.  

The last thing that this might be is programs like adobe acrobat checking to see if there is an update.  When this happens, you are also sending some packets out.  You can check a little more closely with the command (you have to be in a command prompt.  You can achieve by holding down the windows key and pressing the R key and typing cmd and enter)-

netstat -a

it shows you all connections that are listening and which connections are also connected to your computer at the time you ran the commend.
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SheddingCommented:
It's too bad I can't edit the above.. looks like I made a lot of grammatical errors. Well, let me know if it this answers your question.
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CaptainCyrilFounder, Software Engineer, Data ScientistAuthor Commented:
I know when there are downloads there should be some uploads of acknowledgement. But this is not the case. 30 MB uploads for 100 MB download is way too much. I did not send an email, uploading any file or did video sharing.
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SheddingCommented:
Spyware will download advertisement.  Toolbars will also download material.  I would suggest you do this..

Go to run and type msconfig

Go to the startup tab and remove some items there.  (You can always bring them back by doing the same thing and putting a check mark as oppose to removing it))

see if the problem goes away.  If it does, you will know it was a program that was loaded with windows that was downloading your 30MB.

Too many programs keep downloading things nowaways.  Keep track of it by also doing the netstat command and see what active connections you have open.  Remember that going to the internet and browsing can be considered download (and thus uploading) - Lots of internet browsing over a span of 30 days can easily upload 30MB.
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CaptainCyrilFounder, Software Engineer, Data ScientistAuthor Commented:
I did not find anything fishy in MSCONFIG. I am a software developer so you don't need to explain a lot of these details :-).
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CaptainCyrilFounder, Software Engineer, Data ScientistAuthor Commented:
I have MSN Messenger open and hardly chatting. Not sending files or sharing folders and not even have a webcam or audio on. Actually I don't have any windows open in MSN Messenger and it has uploaded 1MB in the past 30 minutes.
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SheddingCommented:
Have you notice how MSN has banner ads :).  There is you 1MB

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/219115_msnads07.html

This started back in 2005.

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CaptainCyrilFounder, Software Engineer, Data ScientistAuthor Commented:
Today I turned on the computer for 30 minutes and did not upload or send anything. Just wrote a few lines on MSN Messenger and I saw 7 MB uploaded.

I did not see any weird process or application running in Task Manager and I have full blown Outpost Security which checks for spyware, viruses and hacks.
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SheddingCommented:
go to a command prompt and type this:

netstat

and enter.. it will tell ALL connections you currently have active.  That should show you which sites you might be uploading the data to.
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CaptainCyrilFounder, Software Engineer, Data ScientistAuthor Commented:
It stopped uploading on its own. I guess it wanted to upload because it stayed for 3 weeks without internet connection.

Thanks for your help, Shedding. I will award you the points anyway.
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