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Rogue Google Chrome Process is eating all my Bandwidth

Posted on 2014-02-22
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Just got a new Dell 8700 Desktop a week ago.  Yesterday it started eating up all the bandwidth on my DSL line (1.3MB Down/.35MB UP).  Task Manager shows that a Chrome Process is the culprit.  When I try to kill the process it comes back in 15 seconds and pegs out my internet connection.  Virus Scans show no issues.  Even when I uninstall Chrome there are still multiple Chrome processes running.

I know it is the new PC because when I take it off network the problem goes away. Not sure if this is a DOS attack, a trojan that has hijacked my system or something else.

How do I get rid of this issue and get my bandwidth back.  This one process is taking up 100% of the internet bandwidth.  Not good. I can send screen shots if that helps. I'm pretty self sufficient, but this has me baffled.....and scared.
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Just to be sure it's not Chrome downloading the web thinking you might visit those pages you should disable Prefetch.
Goto Menu/Settings, bottom of the page click Show Advanced.
Disable the two Prediction options under Privacy
Now see if it is still eating the bandwidth.
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See my comments on the problem.  The culprit was a Bloatware Web Crawler that was just clogging up the works.  It lived in the /C:/Users/cajun_000/AppData/Local/GCC/ directory and once that was uninstalled the problem went away.  Why anyone would knowingly install this junk is beyond me.  Leading me to Prefetch gave me the idea to look for a crawler.

Thanks
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