what programs use up my allotted amount?

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i have my usage cut by the middle of the month. I rarely watch video. My husband plays Poker s/tars and Red Hot Pawn Poker. Is that my problem?
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rae ann anderson

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rae ann anderson

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answer my question above
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Dave Eicher

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How about Facebook? Do you go on it and notice instant play videos. You don't even have to click on them. There is a way to disable them, check out Google for a procedure if that might be the case.
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rae ann anderson

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I do go on Facebook. I try to stop the videos when they come up. I will go to google and check that out. Thanks. My husband and I use our computers often at the same time, too.
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Games do use data, some more than others.

Even though you stop the videos playing on Facebook, they have usually downloaded in the background before you even see them. You should turn off the Autoplay feature by clicking on the little down arrow in right side of the header bar of the FB page, then Settings, then Videos at the bottom of the left side of the screen. The second tem listed is Auto-Play Videos, click on Off at the right of that. This will prevent videos from playing or downloading. If you do wish to view a video, you just click on the video, and you can watch those that you want.
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Steve Frederick, Champion

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Another method many of us on Exede use are the browser plug ins AdBlockPlus, and FlashBlock. These will prevent those annoying ads from popping up, which do use data, and also makes pages load faster and with less junk on your screen. FlashBlock prevents any of the videos play unless you click on the "F" logo. I have found these to save considerable data each  month. 
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Debbi Cobern

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These ideas suggested by Steve have helped me tremendously in keeping my GB low every month. Before that I was using them all up before the month was up, too.
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Old Labs

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Also beware of automatic updates, especially Windows - you need to ensure you have Windows update configured to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them". Then download and install only when you have sufficient data at the end of the month or do so during either the LNFZ or EBFZ.

On a more topical subject, beware the free upgrade to Windows 10 offer that Microsoft is pushing - you may find a 3GB mid-day surprise awaiting you on all eligible machines starting on July 29 or even before if you "reserved" your copy - cancel your reservation and uninstall the Windows 10 Update Notification:

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/cancel-windows-10-upgrade-reservation/

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/06/01/how-to-block-the-windows-10-update-notification-in-earlier-versions...

Simply stated let somebody else be the Windows 10 guinea pig until the dust settles   - everybody likes free stuff and you've got 12 months to take advantage of the "free" upgrade and beware Microserfs bearing free gifts.
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HMC1940

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Thanks Old Labs been wondering how to cancel that Windows 10 notification. I have Windows 7 and am happy with it. Will wait and see how Windows 10 performs before downloading it. May not ever download it. "A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush".
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Rae Ann, I would be more than happy to review your data usage
on your account. Please send your account and contact information to
exedelistens@viasat.com. Background videos, as stated, can eat through your
data.Thanks so much