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My internet just rolled over yesterday and its already saying that all my data has been used up. I don't understand why this has happened so fast. I'm homeschooling 2 kids and I cant do that if my internet is leaving as soon as I pay for it yesterday as a matter of fact..
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Roberta

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I've recently moved from an old computer w. Windows Vista OS to a new computer w. Windows 10 OS and my gigabyte usage has gone through the roof .... at first I attributed it to all the downloads needed to get the new computer up and running, but that period is past and I still seem to be using up almost a gigabyte per day!! In the old days I hardly ever used more than 8-9 gigabytes per month. How can I tell if my account has somehow been hacked and some slime ball is using it to the tune of a gigabyte per day???
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Roberta,

Windows 10 is much more data intensive than Vista ever was - in fact it's the one of the last pieces of Microsoft's cloud-based virtual desktop strategy. While there is some merit to that strategy, it's a disaster for those who must rely on severely limted data plans.  For starters and to cut down on some of its data usage see:

http://merabheja.com/internet-data-usage-in-windows-10/

P.S. Since you're using Windows 10, you may also find it beneficial to install Glasswire - https://www.glasswire.com/. Glasswire will give you a good idea of where data is going. In addition, if you login to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account (on completing setup they attempt to get you to signup for one and use it for login), you may find it beneficial to switch to a local account - see http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5374-local-account-switch-windows-10-a.html. Using a Microsoft account just about ensures that Windows 10 is fully cloud enabled. FWIW, the slimeball is located in Redmond, WA ;)       
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Thanks for this information.  So far I've followed just about all the recommendations given about reducing data usage.  But since I have an "ether net" connection (i.e. just the modem from the satellite dish straight into the computer and not WiFi) they all say I have to do a "hack" to set to a metered connection .... and I iz a fraidy cat about doing hacks!!!  But I guess I'll have to suck up my courage and try it!  I want my good ol' Vista back, sniff sniff.
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Also, disable or delete all those live tile programs Win 10 comes with running in the background. You CAN get Win 10 to not use any extra data. Don't use it through a wired network connection, use a wireless set to metered. If you have to, get a cheap wireless router and a USB wireless adaptor for your computer. There's a TP-Link router for around $20 at Amazon that works great with Exede. No hacks involved, just out about $30, but then you'll have wifi if you get a tablet, phone or laptop.
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Roberta

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Well, I followed the hack directions explicitly and, judging by the fact that I'm now back here typing this, I guess my computer survived!!!??  (I amaze myself!!!)  So hopefully I've set the ethernet connection to metered.  Thanks David for the suggestion of hooking on a wireless router - I'll keep this in mind if it turns out the hack to set the ethernet to metered didn't work ..... but I'm hoping it did!  Meanwhile, I've shut down all the things suggested in two websites about starving Windows 10's appetite for gigabytes.  But having already purchased 7 extra gigabytes in the last several weeks, I'm sure WildBlue thinks I'm a great customer!! 
Thanks once again to OldLabs and David for your help.