Well, my virus protection is good for things other than virus protection. I notice that if I bring up the Active Topics screen, which does not have a lot of graphic contect, only that "Spoonsored" logo, there is 1,130,000 bytes transferred (downloaded)!!!!
I don’t know why the character count is so high, unless they are also downloading all the messages included in every topic. But, it sure takes a long time for the refresh.