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    who's dialling? (6)

    Some program is automatically dialling my ISP when I'm in an adjoining room. How can I find out which?
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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Do you have any software (typically Microsoft or Anti-virus) that has been set to automatically check for updates?

    You could also download Process Explorer, there are many other similar applications available, and see which program is active when the dialling is happening.

    Also, the software available from the links in this <post#=293080>post 293080</post#> might help.

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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Sydney,

    Does it only dial it when you leave the room? How strange. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

    As Ken said, it is probably a program like Windows Update or an AV doing an automatic update check. Look in the options area for a checked auto update box being checked. <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24>

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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    If you have a firewall like ZoneAlarm or something similar, they automatically can question each time you connect. Zone Alarm has a free version--I think it's still available--& the first time an application tries to connect, you get a message box asking you if you want to let it. It's a good idea to have a firewall, as it prevents this sort of unauthorized behavior. (unless, of course, it's another member of your family) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Yes - I'm accustomed to McAfee checking for updates when I'm online, but not doing the dialling.
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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Yes, thanks: I switched from free ZoneAlarm to also-free Agnitum Outpost firewall some while ago, and authorised access by several programs, but only recently has this self-dialling occurred. I'll check Outpost for a log file that may reveal the culprit.
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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Thanks for introducing me to ProcessExplorer - it's already solved a couple of little niggling questions, like, "how can I get Task Scheduler out of the Tray?"
    Now If I click twice on ProcessExplorer's CPU column and cancel the screensaver when I leave the machine, when I hear the modem screech in the next room I should be able to go back there and see which processes are busy.
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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Hi Ken:
    I already have FileMon & RegMon from SysInternals. Does Process Explorer give you different information than those two? (I have enough trouble trying to understand the info from those two utilities) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Hi Phil

    Filemon and Regmon provide realtime information on the activity wrt files and the registry.
    Process Explorer is Process (application) oriented, providing information in realtime relative to the running processes. It does not scroll as do the other two, so you can more easily observe the information.
    Each has its own relavance depending on whether you are interested in application, file, or registry activity.
    For my purposes, I find Process Explorer to be more useful than the other two.

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    Re: who's dialling? (6)

    Thanks for this information, Ken. I've downloaded Process Explorer & will install it. <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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