What downloaded on my imac ?

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Hi,
I find this morning that my download limit (hughesnet-don't laugh...cable not available here...)dropped from 4.2 gigs to 2.4 gigs. Somehow, I appear to STILL be downloading
stuff. I have turned off automatic updates and so on but it still happens occasionally.
What I would like to know is: is there a way to SEE what has downloaded ? This is on an imac/intel based still running Mac OS X 10/9.5. Thanks
 

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What had downloaded entirely depends on what apps you are running. Start with your Downloads folder, sort by date and see what the newest files are.

You can use a program like SurplusMeter to get a handle on how much you are downloading, but this doesn't show you what you are downloading and when.

You might want to think about turning off your machine when you are not using it to avoid such overages and with SurplusMeter you can keep an eye on the downloads when you are using the machine..
 
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Thanks for the replies.
I have checked my downloads folder and it shows nothing on yesterday or today's date for added.
I do have SurplusMeter, but as you say, it does not show WHAT is downloaded.
Lastly, I do not download from CNET OR Softonic so that is not a problem.

I'll keep looking....

Gary
 
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Might it be the results of Spotlight "phoning home?" There is a thread here that has a few comments and points to how to adjust that.
 
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Lots of things get downloaded without your knowledge. XProtect updates for one.
Misc. apps calling home etc. Location data if that's turned on. It's almost impossible to NOT have something connected and accessing the net.
 

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