Using XP sp3, Firefox 3.5.3
Here's what's happening. When I boot, the system does an autoconnect/autodial. No programs are open, nothing's in startup which would prompt this. It started happening after downloading the August black Tuesday files after Woody said OK (around 09/03).
Here's what used to happen. It autoconnected when I opened Firefox. That's the way I want it. That lets me do other work without being online. Still have dial-up until broadband becomes available at my location, hopefully next summer. Need the phone line open.
Can't blame Firefox. It isn't even open when the autodial happens. Control Panel/Internet Options/Connections is set at "Never dial a connection", so I guess I don't have a "proxy server". Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services/Remote Access, Remote Access Auto, and Telephony are all set on Automatic. If changed to Manual, Firefox does not autodial.
A topic search showed some suggestions from 2003-04 which I'm reluctant to try on 2009 XP. Somewhere in my searching I found that XP defaults to autodial and that one must change the registry. I am definitely not going to mess around in the registry without explicit instructions.
Is there anywhere else I need to make changes first? If the registry is the answer, would someone tell me the registry line to look for and how to change it.