My daughter's PC keeps dialling out every few seconds but if left to itself just connects to the internet without doing anything noticeable.
She upgraded her Zone Alarm (Free edition) the other day and it is only since then that this behaviour has appeared. We've tried uninstalling and reinstalling an older version but there's been no change.
She runs WinXP/HE on an Athlon set-up. The PC has been virus checked.
I know that I've read about this somewhere before but can't remember where or when...
Either ZoneAlarm has been configured to automatically check for updates, one or more other programs have had similar treatment or you have Outlook Express (if you have it) set to check for new e-mail every five, 10 or whatever minutes have been set.
Jester2K I don't really think that its a case of disguising it. IE gives you the option, so why not use it? I'm not sure of the point you are making. I don't think that octaglider has a problem, its just a case of a setting that needs changing.
The problem is SOMETHING UNKNOWN is dialling. Whilst simply telling Windows not to dial will stop the problem its not a cure. Its better to know whats doing it and then resolve that problem than just mask the activity.
After all this could be a virus or some Spy / Adware which needs removing.
If its just a setting that needs changing then whats dialling out??
I got her to check the never dial a connection option in IE tools and I also checked the Registry autodialler feature for the default connection as per the MS kb article 316530. Unfortunately nothing worked.
I learn that a couple of days ago that there was a Windows popup box which asked her to get a security update from ZA rather than a new version download - she was redirected to a ZA page (ostensibly). To my knowledge ZA never do this and that updates are always contained in new versions. I wonder if this is anything to do with the DoS attack in the last day or two on ZA's servers. Or is there anything else I could try as her AV scanner shows that all is ok.