Comp keeps dialling up.

  symphony 18:48 05 Jan 11
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Hi.
For a few weeks now my comp dials itself onto the net. I have McAfee and MBAM and these pick up nothing amiss.I've tried to download SAS but it won't initiate.

My browsers are slow to launch (up to 2 mins) especially Mozilla. The last 3 months I get regular warnings (always the same) about an attack attempt and the computer can't be blocked according to McAfee.

Performance is variable from seamless streaming, to a struggle to watch any online vids at all.

Would really appreciate your input.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:02 05 Jan 11

"my comp dials itself onto the net"

Not sure what you mean by this ? is it trying to use a dial up connction?

what sort of BroadBand do you have / who is your ISP?

  symphony 19:39 05 Jan 11

Hi Fruit Bat.

I'm on Tiscali Broadband. The comp connects itself online without any prompting from me (but it never launches the browser of its own accord).

The options for controlling the net connection in XP aren't great and don't help at all:

Never dial a connection (no good)
Whenever a network connection is not present (same)
Always (well that's just the problem!)

The length of time it takes to initiate these unwanted net connections vary.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:45 05 Jan 11

What sort or modem / router do you have?

  symphony 19:49 05 Jan 11

Hi
The modem (?) is a Thompson speedtouch 330. not wireless, just straight into the phone connection in the wall.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:25 05 Jan 11

Try downloading and running A2 antidialler click here

  woodchip 20:51 05 Jan 11

Use a Firewall to Block it. But it does need removing

  woodchip 20:53 05 Jan 11

It as the Makings of a Trojan at work, Phone home with Information about your PC

  symphony 15:58 06 Jan 11

Hi

Fruit Bat... Ta for your advice. I ran the antidialler. It slowed right down so I left it running overnight. I reckon it ran for about 6 hours. Unfortunately it found nothing.

Woodchip.... I'm on McAfee ('suite' type covering firewall, AV etc). Can I block it with this? Not sure what you mean by phoning home.....?

I hope this isn't a premium rate number being dialled, aside from that, the computer constantly connecting ittself to the net is becoming amnnoying. I've been having to unplug the modem, even then a connection keeps trying to be made.

  symphony 16:04 06 Jan 11

I'm actually on Kaspersky internet suite not McAfee.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:12 06 Jan 11

Use Mcafee fiewall to find out what is trying to connect.

it could be something nasty or just your Antivirus / antispam or another program checking for updates

Use the Internet Applications page to view the list of allowed and blocked applications.
To launch the Internet Applications page:
?? Right-click the McAfee icon in the Windows system tray, point to Personal Firewall, then select Applications

Changing application rules
Personal Firewall lets you change access rules for applications.
To change an application rule:
1 Right-click the McAfee icon, point to Personal Firewall, then select Internet
Applications.
2 In the Internet Applications list, right-click the application rule for an
application, and select a different level:
?? Allow Full Access — Allow the application to establish outbound and inbound
Internet connections.
?? Outbound Access Only — Allow the application to establish an outbound
Internet connection only.
?? Block This Application — Disallow the application Internet access.
NOTE
Previously blocked applications continue to be blocked when
the firewall is set to the Open or Lockdown. To prevent this
from, you can either change the application's access rule to
Full Access or delete the Blocked permission rule from the
Internet Applications list.
To delete an application rule:
1 Right-click the McAfee icon in the Windows system tray, point to Personal
Firewall, then select Internet Applications.
2 In the Internet Applications list, right-click the application rule, then select
Delete Application Rule.
The next time the application requests Internet access, you can set its permission
level to re-add it to the list.

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