hi folks. i have a desk top (asus/pent-4-2.66/512-ram/xp-prof) connected via a linksys nic card 10/100 to an ibm thinkpad (pent-m/1.6/768-ram/xp-prof) using a cross over cable. the laptop has a pcmcia nic card (xircom - or something) in addition to wireless lan card and 1394 lan card and another lan card. i had to disable these expcept for the pcmcia nic card which worked witth the old laptop. the connection between the 2 are working properly. even though there's an exclamation mark on the connection icon in systray. my question is that, every few minutes, the desk top launches dial-up box to connect to my isp. can somebody tell me why this is happenning? is there a virus? a spyware that is trying to connect and send collected info? i have ran several virus/spyware checks. and they all say the machine is clean. can someone please help?