Hey guys, in this post I’m going to tell you how to stop ‘svchost.exe’ from stealing your precious bandwidth. For people with unlimited data internet connections along with promised high speeds this is not a big problem but for people with limited bandwidth and data, this is a big headache!
They constantly find their precious limited data being used up by some unwanted feature that is embedded by default in Windows. This issue is mostly prevalent in Windows 10. If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, Upgrade Right Now!
This problem of data being constantly downloaded is mainly due to the ‘Background Intelligent Transfer Service’ or BITS, in short.
According to one source, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a component of Microsoft Windows 2000 and later operating systems that facilitates prioritized, throttled, and asynchronous transfer of files between machines using idle network bandwidth. It is most commonly used by recent versions of Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and Systems Management Server to deliver software updates to clients, Microsoft’s anti-virus scanner Microsoft Security Essentials (later merged to and renamed to Windows Defender) to fetch signature updates, and is also used by Microsoft’s instant messaging products to transfer files. BITS is exposed through the Component Object Model (COM).
These are the main features of BITS –
- Asynchronously transfer files in the foreground or background.
- Preserve the responsiveness of other network applications.
- Automatically resume file transfers either after network gets disconnected or computer gets restarted.
Earlier versions of BITS ( Version 1.2 & Earlier) did not support upload and upload-reply jobs. But from version 1.5 on wards that feature too was added.
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To stop the BITS from running,
Go to Control Panel – Administrative Tools – Services – Search for BITS & Stop the Service by right clicking on it and then clicking stop.
Moreover, don’t forget to change the properties of this service to either ‘manual’ or ‘disabled’.
You can later enable the service to check and download for updates.
Next step is to disable the Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) Service.
To do this,
Open the Settings App, look for ‘Update & Security’ and click it,
Under that, look for ‘Advanced Options’ and open it.
Click on ‘Choose how updates are delivered’.
Now disable the toggle under ‘Updated from More than One Place’.
According to Microsoft, Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows updates and Windows Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount of Internet bandwidth needed to keep all of your PCs up-to-date. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.
To put it in one word they have implemented ‘Torrent’ type of file sharing for update delivery systems.
Following these steps helped me conserve some bandwidth in my earlier Windows 10 PC. Hope this helps you too!