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Well, and as an addition to setting the system like Leo described (for that particular dial-up connection/account), for security reasons, I also highly recommend everyone to set the computer's dial-up adapter to "Show terminal window" before dialing (as mentioned, beside seleting/checking: "Never dial a connection"); for information on how to do this (and much more), please check out the "Security and dial-up" page at CastleCops Wiki: http://wiki.castlecops.com/Security_and_dial-up (btw. I've created it) or the "config.html" page on my very own home-site: http://users.volja.net/tayiper/other/config.html ...
Ivan Tadej, Slovenija, EU
Turns out that the "Choose a network connection" pop-up can appear when the browser tries to access a non-existing domain. Configuring Internet Explorer to "Never dial a connection" will prevent this pop-up, also when browsing the Internet with Mozilla Firefox:
Hi, something wierd is going on, or I just don't understand whats happening or why..I have had broadband for 2 years now..I went to Network connections the other day & saw under dial-up, I had 2..Dial up Connection & dial up Connection 2.Both had disconnected firewall..& said SoftK56data fax on both..Under Lan or High Speed Internet it says 1394 Connection & firewall connected & 1394 Net adapter..Next to that was another that said:Local Area Connection network cable unplugged,Broadcom440x 1/100 intergrated controller.It had a red X through it..Then under that had another that said: Wireless Network Connection, Connected firewalled 802.11g Network adapter..I then took 2 months reading & searching for answers as to why & when I turn on the laptop it says dial up & dial up2 place name & password.I placed Never dial a connection, but it didn't work..Keeps comming back. Called Aol & Gateway,They said to do a full system restore that I have a virus & worms..I saw spywareBlaster icon on my laptop, so I clicked it & all these crazy things were there..On Internet explorer it had lots of Dialers...And on the restricted sites it had porn & alot of sites from CoolwebSearch..It named them all..Now, I know this is only a machine & it only knows what we put in..But I don't know how they got there(although, I do know someone placed them on there when searching)And the ones on Internet Explorer are all in active X..I then went to use my desktop the other day & wasn't able to use my printer/scanner..It said it was disconnected..So I looked on faxes & printers..The one downstairs works the other is off..I saw all this stuff about the set up Wizard & it seems like its already been set up,,I saw a few 1800 #'s & it sounded like a fax sound, but gateway said no, it was connecting to another computer..I have on the desktop Local disc C & Recovery D, DVD-RW Drive E Then have F also..I would love to know how you hook all this up & why i saw some screen that said comp 1, comp 2, comp 3 & comp 4..Its both on the desktop & laptop..I value your opinion & Gateway told me someone must of placed a cd in & copied all the stuff from one comp to the other..The laptop is 6 months old, the desktop 2 years old..I saw soooo many files & folders & some they used Stuffit & they are zipped & I can't open them..Last night I shut down the desktop & a screen came up from Microsoft & said something like- The computer is locked please put in your name & password..All I know is that its not good to have all that porn & dialers on there & I don't know how to fix it.Also,how does one disable a printer & why? And what does the fax machine have to do with all this..Can you help me, i'm desperate Please Help! I also saw all sorts of folders labled uninstall...And programs used like windows media & realone & i clean..I can't use that because someone already set it for running when comp is off for cache & cookies..Its a shame this happened but i need to understand how this was all done..I also saw agere systems 'ac97modem? All i know is they went to alot of trouble to use different languages & zipped folders & all sorts of stuff..That just appeared on my laptop recently..I was concerned when i saw all the dialers because they told me never to plug a phoneline in or i will get a large phone bill.So, then how did they connect to other computers? Was it free through the internet? Please try to help me understand what is happening...Thank You sooooo Much for any help you can give me..
Diane, a concerned Mom
when on my computer for a certain amount of time a dialing tone comes on and the in goes engaged and then repeats it self over and over. Even if i am watching a flim this happens, is there a way of stopping this?
I have both of my computers attached my HPNA adapters to the modem. Both have been set to NEVER dial a connection. STILL AOL keeps trying to dial a connection. I turned off the Microsoft Firewall in the desktop, but AOL is blocking this computer because it also has a WiFi.
its strange i have AOL dial up and when i start up my computer its loads for about a min AOL kicks in and tries to connect all by its self i cancel it and i dials again what's happening how can i fix it i did a virus scan just to see if it was that and no virus found please help what can i do this is getting really annoying cant even play a game offline. thanks so much
can u tell me where to find the phone number(s) i need to get my comp. to connect to mozilla firefox(foxfire?).
i can't seem to find one at google!
please help asap!
thanx a bunch,
r. m. johnson
p.s. love this site, very helpful!
When i turn my computer on it loads a lot of differnt stuff like MSN, Iturnes, I.M. and a lot more. How do i change it so that stuff doesnt load up right away?
Leo, what do you do if you've done everything you've suggested, and that pesky dial up box keeps appearing, and you keep on clicking 'Don't dial a connection'? What's worrying is that it doesn't happen when I'm surfing the net in a vague way. It always happens when I'm paying for something via paypal, or through a company's check out. Result? Major panic from me, and much clicking of the pesky box to get rid of it, then reclicking the 'Never dial up a connection,' only for the same thing to happen over and over again!
Why does aol keep interfering and loads up when I am talking with a tech regarding my broadband service. It happened 50 or more times in 53 minutes. What makes this happen and how can I disable it?
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