Windows keeps attempting to connect

By b2bomber81
Apr 10, 2004
  1. Running WinXP

    I don't have any software open, and Windows keeps attempting to connect to the internet. If I leave the computer running and connected to the phone line, it will dial in without my intervention.

    Any ideas what could be causing this, and what I could do to stop it?

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Check the "Automatic Update"-settings from the likes of all browsers, AntiVirus progs, firewalls etc. And of course XP itself.

    Also check your dial-up setting, to where it is phoning to. If to your normal ISP, it is most likely an automatic updater (unless of course you have been hijacked/infected/trojaned, in which case run: AdAware and Spybot).

    Until you find the cause, I would advise you to un-check remember the user-password and empty your password-field.
    The inconvenience is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
  3. tomrice32

    tomrice32 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Try going to control panel and find internet options.. go to the connections tab and click "Never Dial a Connection" then apply and click ok. Now it should only connect to the internet when you tell it to
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Tomrice32, that setting can be overridden by a hacker, emptying the password-field is much safer.
  5. b2bomber81

    b2bomber81 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I checked, and Windows Automatic Update was turned on. So we will see if that solves the problem.

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