Free Bandwidth Monitoring Tools for Windows 10/8/7

It is best to use bandwidth and Internet usage monitoring tools when your Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers a limited quota for downloading and uploading. These tools not only monitor bandwidth and Internet usage or check the speed but also detect any suspicious network activity. This article lists some best programs for Windows 10/8/7, that are all very popular in the niche.

Bandwidth Monitoring Tools

ISP Monitor

ISP Monitor also allows you to check your Internet speed; after all you should get the speed you actually pay for. Moreover, it offers real-time traffic monitoring. The built-in Traffic monitor displays current network speed via 3 different graphic modes. All 3 modes can be customized to suit your requirements.

In addition to all this, ISP Monitor displays the percentage used from your total quota and allows adjusting it before it reaches the threshold limit. For this, you need to set limits for download and upload by customizing the application’s settings. Optionally, you can choose to allow ISP Monitor to disconnect the Internet connection, once it reaches the limit. ISP Monitor is clean and does not contain any spyware or viruses.

Bandwidth Monitoring Tools


NetWorx is a free bandwidth monitoring and usage reporting tool that is free yet powerful. The free tool lets you find out how fast your Internet connection is and monitor how much Internet traffic you consume. This, helps to an extent, verify whether your ISP charges your Internet usage fairly or not.

Apart from this, NetWorx lets you detect any suspicious network activity on your computer and be notified about excessive Internet usage.

When downloaded and installed, the program resides as an icon in system, ready to show up its menu on right-click. Its menu lets you control the utility.

Left-clicking the system tray icon displays the current NetWorx state.

The freeware is highly customizable and includes network tools such as ping, trace route and netstat, and is available in multiple languages.

Cucusoft Net Guard

Net Guard is free software to monitor your broadband usage and kill malware that waste your bandwidth. It includes a small real-time floating window that indicates the real-time Internet Uploading and downloading speed.

The floating window can be hidden or its opacity can be adjusted to make it transparent, if it bothers a user. To hide or make the window transparent,

  • Right click on the floating status window, #1.
  • Click on “Opacity” #2.
  • Select the opacity value you like. Then the floating status window will become transparent.

You can even set a traffic limit per month. How? Cucusoft Net Guard includes a ‘Forecast’ feature that automatically calculates the projected bandwidth usage for a month. Thus, you can easily determine whether your usage will exceed the limit for that month or not.

The program is compatible with all the later Windows versions, including Windows 8.


tbbMeter is a bandwidth meter to help you monitor your Internet usage. It allows you to see how much your computer is sending to and receiving from the Internet in real time. It also shows you how your Internet usage varies at different times of the day. This tool will help you to manage your usage to avoid incurring excess bandwidth fees or find your broadband provider slowing you down due to exceeding your monthly usage allowance.


FreeMeter is another very simple, easy-to-use portable network monitoring and diagnosis tool. Its main window graphically displays the data being transfered, to and fro, on your computer. It also includes many simple tools.

You might want to also check out TCPEye, a free complete network monitoring tool for Windows.

Find out what your Internet speed is, using these Internet Speed Tests.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, an end-user Windows enthusiast, & a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Sam@Indiatrip

    Lots of things are here which will be help best than before because these are the important things which we should monitor for take better services.

  2. GrrGrrGrr

    I’m using NetWorx

  3. Joleca

    Been using Networx for almost 5 years now.. If you have more than one computer on your network, it will track all of them and let you know your total bandwidth usage.. Have never gone over once since installing..

  4. Samit Tandukar

    is there any way to know bandwidth ratio given by ISP ?????… ISP used to say we give you shared bandwidth ratio of 1:8 or 1:10…..dedicated bandwidth ratio 1:1….

  5. Omidleo

    Although not a freeware, but I recommend NetLimiter. It is now one of my favorites that I must add in each new windows installation

  6. Ruchir

    1-Developed by a forum member rather than a site.
    2.Not updated,no info on OS compat.I remember its portable version at Liberkey is not compat with 7 at least.
    3-Networx will do much more.

  7. Ruchir

    If you mean % of users and according to that there is a cap,these insane things can only be done by Reliance or BSNL.Kick them if possible.
    If at all it will need some great tool.Some good tools maybe Capsa,Athetek Net Watcher or so but it costs around 500$ per year or 6m.

  8. Ruchir

    Much better is netbalancer and free is sufficient for most.Pro version also there.Made by a resp developer-Seriousbit

  9. Ruchir

    Wireshark is the mother of all.Always free and used by topmost Antivirus companies to analyze and fix infection.

  10. Manoj Kumar

    All the bandwidth monitors are great but I like ShaPlus Bandwidth meter. It is light weight and displays the bandwidth consumed in session , current day and current month. So it helps those who want just to monitor how much data they used of their monthly quota. you can download it here

  11. Tom

    makes no sense what you are saying mate!

  12. ???? ??????

    Try the program Advanced IP Scanner 2.3 quick and convenient free network scanner IP addresses for Windows.

  13. RockyJanj

    Nice sharing, but how i enable the killed tasks in Net Guard ? i must have that option to enable any if i want later
    please help!

  14. mqq

    WoW. Thanks so much for all the spyware delivered by Cucusoft Net Guard.
    I am not taking this site seriously any more and now officially on my black list. Thanks sooo much for the time lost.

  15. These days many freeware bundle 3rd-party offers. And in fact, even once clean freeware may start bundling third-party offers later on. We cannot keep track of all, all the time. You should know better than to click on ‘Next Next’ blindly. You should have opted out! Read the last line in my authors box: Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware.

  16. There is one I’ve used for years, it used to be free but it’s not expensive, keep the key and reformat in peace. It is once you have it any crap you download in error can be removed even the registry entries

  17. vin

    any software that works on windows 8.1?

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