Recently my laptop has started connecting to the Internet randomly, so that I have to diconnect it from the phone line in my absence to prevent potential massive phone bills. I seem to recall reading somewhere that this might be due to a virus. I have an up-to-date virus checker installed. Can anyone help?
I've never 'ticked the box' so I don't know, but outlook express has options for how often to check for new messages, & connect if not online. Perhaps these settings are responsible. I don't know why they would have altered.
Have you tried this? In Outlook Express, go to Tools > Options and on the General tab (underneath "If my computer is not connected at this time") select "do not connect". Also untick "Send and receive messages at startup".
try control+alt+delete to see which programs are running, once you have located the offending program go to Start-find-files or folders and type in the program name which was running to locate its wareabouts on the hard disk, then, delete it, if it says acess denied ctr+alt+del and left click the program then click end task then try to delete it again.. mcaffe suite is a good program to clear away any remaining scraps of program that may be left. bit of a barbarric way to resolve problem, but it works.