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Modem keeps dialing

by LittleD653 / January 25, 2004 9:21 AM PST

For 5 years now I have been using a modem on my computer and have had no problems. My INTERNET PROPERTIES: CONNECTIONS setting is "Dial whenever a network connection is not present" and has been for all 5 years. Recently, whenever the computer is not connected, it dials automatically, which it had obviously never done before.

Can anyone help me fix this problem?

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Re:Modem keeps dialing
by Steven Haninger / January 25, 2004 9:33 AM PST
In reply to: Modem keeps dialing

Something is running in the background to cause this. It could be a legitimate program set to try to update itself or it could be a virus, trojan or spyware. I would first check for and eliminate the latter. You might be able to check for running applications using Ctrl/Alt/Del and bring up task manager.

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Re:Re:Modem keeps dialing
by LittleD653 / January 25, 2004 9:37 AM PST
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and how do i check for all that, explain each one please. also, i dont want to have to close an application every time i turn on the computer, i want to PERMANENTLY fix it.

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Re:Re:Re:Modem keeps dialing
by hddndrgn04 / January 31, 2004 9:57 PM PST

DIALER! Beware, that your computer might be infected by a virus known as Dialer. Look it up on google, there should be a vast amount of information about it online websites.

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Modem keeps dialing = BAD SIGN.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2004 11:33 PM PST

At one time I left a modem in a machine to fax things out from time to time. I got "crammed." Some drive-by downloader installed a dialer and it ran up a small phone tab. While I did get the charges reverses, it did take some effort on my part to note that I didn't agree to these calls. I'm sharing this because its important what "tack" you take if you even find yourself in this situation. For me, I found the best response to be "I didn't agree to those calls being made." and "I've found the items that caused it and it was removed." and "Can you block these numbers?"

For me, this was over a year ago when Pests, Parasites, drive-by-downloaders and such were just showing up in force. Today, it's an everyday discussion for "Tech."

Read the "getting crammed" section at

Most of these can be found by using the items I noted in the Anti-Parasite Suite at CWSHREDDER has a new home at


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Re:Modem keeps dialing
by Seabreeze / February 17, 2004 12:34 PM PST
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Same thing happened to me about 2 or 3 yrs ago. It turned out to be a trojan virus. The trojan was trying to contact the author and open a "back door" in the background to give the author access to my computer. My suggestion is to update you anti-virus definitions and run a virus scan on all files, not just program files. That should hopefully detect any viruses on your computer if that is the problem.

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by Cursorcowboy / February 17, 2004 11:55 PM PST
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Why reply to messages 10-days to 2-weeks old which should be consider closed/abandoned? When you do this, such messages pop back to the top of the tree and appear to everybody else as new and requiring assistance until we open them and see the status. Please always note what the original date is of a message before replying.

Your assistance in this matter will help others so that we are not wasting precious time helping someone who has just asked a question instead of going over old/abandoned stuff unnecessary.

Thank you.

Bill Gaston

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by Seabreeze / February 19, 2004 12:27 AM PST
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sry, didn't know the protocols here. to answer your question "Why reply to messages 10-days to 2-weeks old"- just recently saw the post and knowing that not all problems are solved in 1 day, week or even more, and having been through and solving a similar problem, just trying to help.

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I'm confused ..
by Rosalie / February 17, 2004 5:33 PM PST
In reply to: Modem keeps dialing

If you have your connection set to: "Dial whenever a network connection is not present", does that mean that you have a network connection? If not than it seems like it would make sense for it to be dialing, not? My setting is: "Always dial my default connections", and it doesn't dial until I click on the connection icon.

You very well may be infected with a virus but the above setting somehow doesn't seem right.

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