Making the following changes in the Grokster settings and completely shutting it down when you are not actively using it will help prevent wasting bandwidth.
- Go to the Tools menu and click Options.
- Under the User preferences tab, it is best to uncheck "Launch Grokster automatically" becuase this will keep Grokster from running when you don't want it to and also make your computer turn on faster because you will not have to wait for the program to start up every time your computer is booted.
- Under the Traffic preferences tab, set the Maximum uploads and downloads to the default value of 3, or lower. Using a higher value will slow down your computer and use additional network bandwidth.
The best bet is to check "Disable sharing of files..." because this will prevent you from using bandwidth uploading files and will protect you from sharing copyrighted material.
- Exiting Grokster
When you close Grokster, it does not actually close the program, but hides it in the System Tray.
When you are not actively using the program or any time you're away from your computer, make sure you close Grokster by right clicking the small g icon on the bottom right hand side of the screen and then select "Close Grokster".