I was wondering, if anyone who was technincally superior in computers and internet traffic could let me know the average bandwidth various online programs consume, such as Trillian, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, and ICQ.
Are there any programs to avoid that will suck ones' bandwidth limit dry?
For that matter, are any viruses/trojans/et cetera in existance that will cause ones bandwidth to deplete quickly?
And finally, what can I do to preserve my bandwidth, without shutting my computer down? I like keeping Trillian on 24/7 if I can, but not if it's gonna suck the account dry.
Also, we own a VOiP telephone, as well. No idea how that works.
Any of the typed message programs (AIM/ICQ/MSN Messenger/IRC/etc) will use very little bandwidth. Slightly more when you're typing, but not much at all.
Programs that will suck your bandwidth dry include any of the file sharing programs, assuming you're sharing anything. So that includes Kazaa, Bittorrent, etc. Also downloading things from web or ftp sites will you use your bandwidth.
Some viruses and trojans can use your bandwidth, for example by turning your computer into an email server (for spam) or a file server.
VOiP I believe generally stays at near dialup speeds when you're talking. When you're not talking, it shouldn't be using much.
If you just have Trillian open 24/7, I wouldn't be concerned about the little bandwidth it is using. You could install some sort of bandwidth monitor if you'd like to know exactly what's going on.
Do what AWA said - pull absolutely everything that can be pulled so your initial troubleshooting is Motherboard and Powersupply only, pretty much. You need to disconnect your hard drive power, CD Rom power, etc.