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Closing a browser will certainly stop a download, as long as you close it completely.
Hi Leo. I have a limited bandwidth internet access account that charges me for overage. My question is, if after clicking on a link, I close the browser before the page starts loading, when, where and how does the incoming data stop? Can I get charged for the canceled data? The ISP does not provide a good bandwidth-monitoring device. Thank you.
In this excerpt from Answercast #38, I look at managing data usage by closing browsers before the page has fully loaded. The good news is that data download quits immediately.
I agree that most ISPs who are charging you for bandwidth usage typically do a very poor job of giving you any kind of information about:
Actual incremental information about how much bandwidth an operation is taking or how much I've used in the past hour is almost non-existent.
It's really unfortunate.
The good answer here, the good news, is that:
When you close your browser, the browser actually closes all of the connections to the remote sites almost immediately.
So whatever was waiting to be downloaded will not be downloaded.
Now, you do have to make sure that you're actually closing the browser and not just minimizing it or hiding it. But as long as the browser itself has been closed and is no longer running, then it's no longer downloading anything.
That really is about all we can really say about that. Like I said:
If the browser is minimized.
If you're just closing a Window on a multi-windowed browser, It's possible that the download could continue.
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