Exede Amber has told me toremove anything unnecessary runing in the background in Task Manager to alter my excessive Data use. I am not sure what can and cannot be disabled without harming my computer. She said everything except McAfee. Can this be true? Any help would be appreciated
Task manager will only allow you to determine what applications and processes are running whether in the foreground or the background. Task manager in Windows 8.x also provides a breakdown of usage on native Windows 8.x apps.
Instead I'd suggest looking at the following threads:
The key is in getting those applications you do use to use less data. If any of the recommendations in those threads are unclear or you need further information/instruction, just ask and someone will undoubtedly clarify for you.
Those that have the most dramatic and immediate effect are ensuring Windows Update (and Office Update) are configured properly, using AdBlock and using FlashBlock. For Windows 8.x, ensure that it isn't fully cloude enabled as discussed there.
Hello Monita, just note of clarification, you do not have to physically remove anything from your computer. Just make sure that the only applications that are open are actively being used. As stated in our email, any programs running in the background is what will cause excessive data usage. Updates and backups can sneak up on you and eat away at your data, so it is good measure to make sure they are closed down when not in use.