[ubuntu] Netstat showing over 1000 connections

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi I'm new to Ubuntu having installed ubuntu desktop and server about 2 months ago. I share an internet connection with my flatmate and recently we noticed the internet getting slower and slower. After several conversations with our provider, we were asked to open a terminal and enter 'netstat'. My flatmates mac showed about 7 connections, mine shows over a thousand. What are these connections and how do I close them? A small sample: unix 3 [ ] STREAM CONNECTED 17231 /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket unix 3 [ ] STREAM CONNECTED 16519 unix 3 (Hardware)