Skype has uploaded more than 1GB in 2 hours so far - looking for alternatives

Wyzak

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Hi there,

As per the subject, my Skype decided to start uploading data like crazy since I started it up this morning. In less than two hours it has clocked more than 1.2GB in uploads to the same IP abc.def.ghi.jkl. It shows no signs of abating and it shows no progress or any indication of what it's doing. It doesn't look like it's reading the data from any files either. The upload completely caps my line and makes the Internet unusable.

I am running the latest version of Skype (the fugly one). Is anybody else experiencing the same issue or does anybody know how to fix it?

Secondly, I am looking for suggestions of an alternative for Skype. It has just gone downhill since Microsoft bought them out.
 
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creeper

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Are you sure it is Skype or malware posing as Skype? Have you tried blocking it in your firewall?
 

Wyzak

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Are you sure it is Skype or malware posing as Skype? Have you tried blocking it in your firewall?
It's definitely Skype. I even re-downloaded it and had it install itself again, and within 5 minutes the constant upload started again.

No, I haven't tried blocking it in the firewall. Just closed it for now, will see if they issue an emergency fix for it.
 

rorz0r

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It could be functioning as a super node. There's a way to turn this off. Try it and see if it stops.
 

PsyWulf

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Sounds like yours is a Super(p2p chat) node,Skype should pay you rental :p
 

Wyzak

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It could be functioning as a super node. There's a way to turn this off. Try it and see if it stops.
Thanks for the suggestion, but it wasn't that.

I think I figured out what was going on here. I sent some files yesterday to somebody over Skype who was on an iPad at the time and could not receive the files. That person is now on a normal PC so I think Skype is trying to send the files to that person, but something is going wrong and it's stuck in an upload loop. The total size of the files sent is about 20MB, so nowhere near the 1.2GB that it has already tried to upload today.

I went back to yesterday's conversation and cancelled all of the file sends, and the problem appears to be gone...
 
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