10.8 using constant bandwidth

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by macrowe, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. macrowe macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    After installing 10.8 blowing through constant bandwidth – using little snitch looks to be 'helpd' downloading something?? It uses around 50-70 mb/hour and this is for each user. I have 3 (usually logged in) and each one of these uses the same bandwidth resulting in 150-200 mb/hour. I have limited bandwidth and this is an issue. Logging everyone out fixes this but is annoying. Any ideas?
  2. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    Were these machines upgraded from Lion? If so, is this problem new to Mountain Lion? I would recommend installing a packet sniffer on the network and see what you can find. Wireshark works well for this.
  3. mannyo1221 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Blandford, UK.
    Could be icloud related, assuming you have it enabled.
  4. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA

    Helpd is the process the Help utility uses to download and update the help articles. If you need it to stop downloading information you can use Little Snitch to block it. The only downside it that your help articles may get outdated, but I don't find them particularly useful, anyway.
  5. macrowe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    Have blocked with little snitch - hope 10.8.1 will sort it. Cheers
  6. AlaskAdkins macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2012
    Did this fix it? I seem to be having the same problem. Upgraded to Mountain Lion and have been using 6x the amount of bandwidth.
  7. macrowe, Nov 6, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012

    macrowe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    It did until I restarted as it seems the rule gets overridden. A solution that works (little drastic) is to remove the helpd out of its folder on all users. Fixed it and OS still seems to be working just fine. Path is /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/HelpData.framework/Versions/A/Resources/helpd

    Probably should keep the helpd file incase it causes problems for you, oh and I think when I updated my OS again, it put it back in, and blew through a tonne more bandwidth until i noticed. There is probably a better solution out there and would appreciate another option but after that bill I got anything that works is just fine with me. Hope it helps and if you find anything else, please let me know. :)

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