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    Dial-up (XP Home)

    Sorry if this has already been answered - I'm a newby to the forum
    XP home tries to dial out at unpredictable times (when I least want it to) and I can't find which programme is trying to access the 'net. Must be some way within this massive XP system to ascertain what's causing the dial-up ? The dial-up attempts are frequent once they start, and I can't find a way of stopping 'em. I want to dial up when I want to, not when the system wants me to - any ideas ?

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    Check this thread in Software and get yourself a free copy of AdAware.
    You may also want to check your settings in IE and other software which may be set to 'automatically check for updates'.

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    Thanks, Leif
    The machines a home PC and I'll have another go tonight. I don't think I've any spy-ads but I take the point, and I'll load Ad-aware up just in case.
    What's astounding me is that I can't find anywhere in XP to tell me which prog it is that's trying to access the net, without going through everything I can think of (again) and re-checking settings. Isn't there some sort of log or syscheck to tell me what's trying to do what ?
    It's a pita because as soon as I (e.g.) try to prepare a Word doc (nope, it's not <just> that prog) dial-up kicks in and all hell breaks loose (trying to cancel the repeating dial-ups while trying to type, or whatever)

    Bry

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    set the dialer to not dial automatically.

    things which can dial out:
    windows messenger - the icon should be changing color if it's trying to connect
    outlook or outlook express - for either new mail or html elements in mail you are viewing
    ad ware - a lot of things have ads now, including weatherbug and any number of utilities.
    programs like weatherbug that expect to update on a regular basis.

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    Also: disable "Automatic Updates":
    Press Windows key and Pause/Break key on your keyboard simultaneously (or right-click My Computer icon and choose Proprties), then click Automatic Updates tab, Turn Off Automatic Updates radio button, Apply, OK buttons.

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> Many thanks to all respondees. It's surprising how many progs do try to get to the outside world, but after methodically killing everything I could find, all's well. It still amazes me that there's no way (that I've found) to actually discover what individual programme's causing the hassle but OK, I'm not being interrupted any more although on the downside I've lost any auto updates etc etc. Shucks, but thanks

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    use zone alarm - it'll alert you every time a program attempts access and you can choose to allow or not.

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    Thanks Mary - I'd thought of that, but ZA's been getting such bad press lately that I'm relying on XP's "firewall" at the mo. Is ZA as bad as it's made out to be with XP, or is it stable ?

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    i'm behind a hardware firewall, so i have no experience with ZA on winxp, but from the complaints i see it's stable but problematic if you had it installed and upgraded from win9x. On clean installs, it seems to have less problems.

    installing patches or sr's also seem to cause most of the problems - usually because ZA doesn't detect the new version # and doesn't allow it to access the net.

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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> - when I was using the XP firewall - no stoppage of attacks - however using the ZA Personal (Free) firewall - stopped everything! ZA is, IMHO, the only way to go.
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    Re: Dial-up (XP Home)

    I have been using ZA for several years. Even used it during Windows XP beta, Zone Labs was working ong a new version for XP at that time. It has worked on my machines clean and upgrade installs. I am also using a NetGear router with my cable modem plugged in to it. The two work well together.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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