My ADSL ISP connection has started dialling out whenever a program wants a connection. Obviously this behaviour is not always a good idea!
I have no idea how this setting got changed. On the Connections tab of Internet options, I've set "never dial a connection" and applied and okayed it, but it's still dialling automatically whenever a browser or other app is run.
I prefer to dial out manually. How can I get it back to how it was?
...That's a fact. It is [always on] ... It seems you are the victim of some knd of adware or spyware. Try downloading AD Aware and Sypbot Search & Destroy. Run these, one after the other and hopefully they will stop the unwanted activity.
You obviously don't know about this. My ADSL line is established by my Zoom modem whenever I log into Windows. Then, when I want to connect to my ISP, I click on the icon on my desktop (or in the Connections folder) to establish the connection with my ISP. They are two seperate things!
As I mentioned above, that setting is already set as you describe. I've tried it a few times and it is staying on that setting, so it ought to behave correctly. For some reason, the connection is ignoring that setting and responding to the opening of a browser, mail client, etc.
I think this must have happened when the connection software was re-installed. It's almost cetainly not the result of malware; I've got enough security software to start my own download site!
It has worked normally ever since I got ADSL last year. That is; as described in my response to martjc. I don't want the ISP connection to be established at the request of an application; I have always preferred to establish the ISP connection myself.
My normal habit is; log in to Windows - wait for the Zoom modem to find the ADSL line (the tray icon lights up and loses the cross) - then I dial my ISP from the Zoom desktop icon - then I open Firefox and Thunderbird. This is how it is supposed to work with the Zoom PCI ADSL modem.