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stopping news background task host using net bandwidth

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    stopping news background task host using net bandwidth


    I have disabled off line reading of NEWS app. Still news background task host runs and accesses internet and consumes bandwidth. How to stop news background task host consuming bandwidth.

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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Got to services(not the one in task manager but the one in control panel-Administrative tools) right click the service-go to properties and either pick Disable(not really recommended) or Manuel(better which will run it only when you click the icon. Also metro apps keep running in the background when you close it by clicking the red X(that only closes the window). To completely close an app grab the title bar(the top) and drag & drop it to the bottom, and it will kill the app until you re-click the icon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Got to services(not the one in task manager but the one in control panel-Administrative tools) right click the service-go to properties and either pick Disable(not really recommended) or Manuel(better which will run it only when you click the icon. Also metro apps keep running in the background when you close it by clicking the red X(that only closes the window). To completely close an app grab the title bar(the top) and drag & drop it to the bottom, and it will kill the app until you re-click the icon.
    Thanks for response. When I right click and access properties in control panel|Administrative tools|services, I get a dialog with four tabs. No where I found a way to put any thing manual or disable.Click image for larger version
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Delete the news app and the others that you do not use, that are in the Metro/Start Screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Delete the news app and the others that you do not use, that are in the Metro/Start Screen.
    I use it. But I want the news app use the net only when I start it. Now task host downloads news automatically which I want to stop.
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by L V Gandhi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Got to services(not the one in task manager but the one in control panel-Administrative tools) right click the service-go to properties and either pick Disable(not really recommended) or Manuel(better which will run it only when you click the icon. Also metro apps keep running in the background when you close it by clicking the red X(that only closes the window). To completely close an app grab the title bar(the top) and drag & drop it to the bottom, and it will kill the app until you re-click the icon.
    Thanks for response. When I right click and access properties in control panel|Administrative tools|services, I get a dialog with four tabs. No where I found a way to put any thing manual or disable.Click image for larger version
    Dude you need to open services as administrator, find a service, right click on it and stop it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Addictive Gamer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by L V Gandhi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Got to services(not the one in task manager but the one in control panel-Administrative tools) right click the service-go to properties and either pick Disable(not really recommended) or Manuel(better which will run it only when you click the icon. Also metro apps keep running in the background when you close it by clicking the red X(that only closes the window). To completely close an app grab the title bar(the top) and drag & drop it to the bottom, and it will kill the app until you re-click the icon.
    Thanks for response. When I right click and access properties in control panel|Administrative tools|services, I get a dialog with four tabs. No where I found a way to put any thing manual or disable.Click image for larger version
    Dude you need to open services as administrator, find a service, right click on it and stop it
    Thanks for the response.
    I did that. I am seeing background task infrastructure service. Which is automatic. It says that it does as follows.
    "Windows infrastructure service that controls which background tasks can run on the system."
    Further how to stop that service only to my problem of news background task host using net?
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by L V Gandhi View Post
    Thanks for the response.
    I did that. I am seeing background task infrastructure service. Which is automatic. It says that it does as follows.
    "Windows infrastructure service that controls which background tasks can run on the system."
    Further how to stop that service only to my problem of news background task host using net?
    background task infrastructure service is not the one.

    To figure out what starts the offline news there are 4 ways:

    Method 1:
    To find out if
    news background task host is associated with service use task manager, following example shows a service, so if in this case if I want to terminate the "Intel compatibility licence service" ( expand the view ) I'll do so in services, by stopping the service.:

    Click image for larger version

    Method 2:
    It is possible to find your news app in task manager > start up:
    Click on start up item and disable.

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    Method 3:
    It' possible that offline news is set in Task scheduler:
    Open task scheduler in Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools
    Expand task scheduler node like in image bellow, to stop an item, right click on it and stop it.

    Click image for larger version


    Method 4:
    Still no luck?

    Download Autoruns program from Microsoft technet sysinternals
    Use this tool for detailed view of start up items and to disable them.

    Click image for larger version

    Hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Addictive Gamer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by L V Gandhi View Post
    Thanks for the response.
    I did that. I am seeing background task infrastructure service. Which is automatic. It says that it does as follows.
    "Windows infrastructure service that controls which background tasks can run on the system."
    Further how to stop that service only to my problem of news background task host using net?
    background task infrastructure service is not the one.

    To figure out what starts the offline news there are 4 ways:

    Method 1:
    To find out if
    news background task host is associated with service use task manager, following example shows a service, so if in this case if I want to terminate the "Intel compatibility licence service" ( expand the view ) I'll do so in services, by stopping the service.:

    Click image for larger version

    Method 2:
    It is possible to find your news app in task manager > start up:
    Click on start up item and disable.

    Click image for larger version

    Method 3:
    It' possible that offline news is set in Task scheduler:
    Open task scheduler in Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools
    Expand task scheduler node like in image bellow, to stop an item, right click on it and stop it.

    Click image for larger version


    Method 4:
    Still no luck?

    Download Autoruns program from Microsoft technet sysinternals
    Use this tool for detailed view of start up items and to disable them.

    Click image for larger version

    Hope that helps
    Thanks for detailed answer. First three cases I tried. No luck. I will try last case if I get the problem again.
    Most probably, I was closing apps using x button. Now I closed the app by pulling down title bar as told by Cilff. Let me see if this repeats.
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    In Services, click on the General tab. That's where you can start and stop the service and change it's start up method to Disabled, Manual or Automatic.
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