Reader Harold wrote to ask:
I am have problems finding it but I just know that you have dealt
with the problem of a computer dialing the internet and how to track
down the program that is causing it.
Can you point me in the right direction?
I responded to Harold:
First, do you use a dialup connection normally? One of Windows settings allows you to let Windows automatically dial if a program wants to talk to the Internet. You could always set that to No. In fact, if you use dialup, I _recommend_ that you set that setting to “No.”
Start / Control Panel / Network and Internet Connections / Internet Options / Connections,
and select “Never dial a connection.”
It could be any program – your anti-virus, your graphics program, your email program, your anti-spyware program, Adobe Reader, anything — many programs are written to check for updates when they are started.
Rather than fight each individual one, do both of the following:
1) select “Never dial a connection,” and
2) use a firewall that will control OUTBOUND queries from your computer to the Internet.
If you don’t have one, get one. I use the firewall that’s part of VIPRE Antivirus Premium. Or, if you’re using a 32-bit version of a supported Windows version, you can use the Sunbelt Personal Firewall.
See my computer security program recommendations in each email and online newsletter issue and in the Computer Tips section of my web site.