Data going faster

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Data gone faster since liberty plan available...
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Don Mc Jr.

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Don Mc Jr.

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Every since the liberty plan has became available to me it seems like my very expensive 25 GB LNFZ plan goes through data alot faster than before... I go through it in 15 days now and used to make it 25 to 28 days and nothing has changed...bought 3 GB Friday and prettu sure that's gone by today (Sunday) is this a ploy to get people to switch to the liberty plan? Not happy at all...
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Not a ploy, simply that the vast majority, if not all websites are built assuming ALL visitors have DSL or, another virtually unlimited data plan. More video ads, more flash plug ins, more Active X, more Java, etc.. More MB eaters just to load a page.

Yes that has escalated a lot in the last year. Until Viasat gets more satellites in the air, the best they can do is offer plans that don't slow us as badly when just doing what we have always done online eats up more data.
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Don Mc Jr.

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Im talking the last 2 months...
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Bev, Champion

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The biggest thing I've seen trying to eat up data in the last couple of months is Windows 10 on Windows computers that haven't upgraded to it. That thing tries to ninja itself in there every time you allow updates to download under windows 7 or 8/8.1.

Other than that, it's whatever you are doing and/or changes made to site you or anyone that uses your connection frequent.
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Don Mc Jr.

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Could be the windows 10...it pops up constanltly but I have it set not to download updates unless I do it manually
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For the Windows 10 upgrade and if on Windows 7 or 8.1, ensure that the GWX (Get Windows 10) application has not been installed - specifically KB3035583 under installed updates. If it has been, uninstall it. Despite being less than 1MB in size, it's this application that is automatically and silently downloading the Windows 10 upgrade (speculation is that it does so regardless of whether you've disabled automatic updates and you eventually get the latest build downloaded whenever released).

After uninstalling KB3035583, check for updates again and you'll notice it once again shows up in the list of updates. At that time, hide the KB3035583 update and from then on ensure it never shows up again since it will whenever the update the GWX application/process itself (this requires notifying of updates and letting you choose which to install - etch that KB3035583 into your memory since it does raise its ugly head periodically).   

Anything else chewing into your data unexpectedly requires added research - try installing Glasswire (https://www.glasswire.com/) on all Windows 7, 8, 10 boxes. It will tell you in fairly certain terms what applications and hosts are using your data. It's allowed me to isolate a number of problematic applications and sites - application developers and web sites come up with new exciting ways to use up your data and it's only getting worse.

One in particular is HTML5 video/audio as more and more sites abandon Flash in favor of HTML5. If using the FlashBlock add-in, it doesn't handle HTML5 media - instead you need to look for one that handles both Flash and HTML5 - in particular the HTML5 autoplay and preload attributes. Even advertisers are starting to leverage HTML5. Only effective one I've found is Flash Control but is only applicable to Firefox.

I've found the timing of all of these issues and their severity to only be coincidental with the timing of the new Liberty Plans.                          
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I have blocked that download for Windows 10. No windows 10 for me. I will stick to 7 as long as I can.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Windows 10 has been a NOTORIOUS suspect for many of these spikes in data usage. In addition some things like Netflix, app updates, ect have contributed. Basically anything that can run updates in the background with little to no noticeable changes are often times the reason to see these spikes
 
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Don Mc Jr.

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Thanks for the help when I get time Ill take care of this windows 10 crap and see if it helps