Un-wanted internet connect on boot up!

  Drum 16:40 15 Dec 2007

I posted about this topic a Few weeks back but never really got to the bottom of this. I eventually managed to cure it with Go Back but now it's back! I get an unwanted dial-up every time I boot, and if I manually disconnect, it tries to connect again in seconds.

I've done a Web search for this and it seems to be a problem that irks a lot of people. There doesn't seem to be an easy solution and the advice is always check for spy ware, check for programmes looking for updates and do a virus scan etc.

Does anyone have a better solution?

  RobCharles1981 16:42 15 Dec 2007

My Advice is to do a Spyware Check what programs do you have?

Also check your Internet Dialing settings in your control panel and look though your add/remove programs for any signs.

  Sea Urchin 16:50 15 Dec 2007

Make sure under Tools > Internet Options > Connections that "Dial whenever a connection is not present" is not ticked

  woodchip 17:15 15 Dec 2007

You have picked up a Auto Dialler some where, You need to get rid fast as this will be a 09 rate premium number

click here

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  Drum 17:24 15 Dec 2007

Thanks Sea Urchin, I've already done that.
What you mean Rob by "what programs you have"?

YIKES Woodchip, and what do I do about it?
BTW, surely the phone line would be engaged if this was the case?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:28 15 Dec 2007

Surely a Firewall that stops outgoing as well as incomming will alert you as to what program is trying to connect.

What firewall are you using?

  Drum 17:30 15 Dec 2007

Windows firewall and Norton AntiVirus. I've also got a Windows defender and regularly get security updates etc.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:49 15 Dec 2007

Windows firewall is incomming only and will not stop anything trying to "Phone home"

Several legit programs will try and connect to check for updates etc.

I suggest you load a decent firewall like ZoneAlarm click here
it will let you know what is trying to connect and you can allow or not if you recognise the program.

  tullie 18:39 15 Dec 2007

It cant dial up if your on BB can it?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:46 15 Dec 2007

An autodialler will attemt to dial up on a normal modem and cost you expensive calls .

Other nasties will connect via BB and send out your details, passwords, keystrokes, bank details, card numbers etc.

If you take reasonable care and have decent antispyware / antivirus (scan and update regularly) and firewall then you should be ok.

  woodchip 20:41 15 Dec 2007

AS it sounds like you have XP, Turn off Auto Updates as that may be trying to update your computer

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