My Onetel broadband internet connection will not disconnect, neither by right clicking Network Connection in the Control Panel (XP Home Edition) nor the icon in the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen. The only way is by turning off the computer.
Sorry to barge in Keyhole but my intrusion may be of help to your query. paperman27 you say that Broadband is on all the time the machine is on. Does that mean that Bt is giving me bad service as I have to connect by clicking on a Bt connection Icon, takes about 10 seconds to connect on a good day. I can then disconnect using the Icon that is now in system tray. I am on BtBroadband 512 and am running 98SE. Regards G.
Like paperman says, my broadband router is on 24/7, seperate power supply, when i put my PC on it is on line immediatly, but if you have a modem it has to dial a connection everytime you put your PC on, cos when you switch off you loose connection because your modem is powered from your PC.
The reason I like to disconnect, which was possible until a couple of weeks ago, is that something disabled my XP firewall, which I cannot now enable. I also had some MAD's which Norton AV (always updated) did not detect. I had to install VCatch to get rid of those, and I've since installed ZoneAlarm. In these days of malicious viruses etc, I don't like leaving my connection on all the time. There was a lot of other damage done which I won't bore you with, but it looks like I'll have to re-install my OS from scratch sometime soon.