When a modem is installed and the AutoDial feature is enabled, any Winsock-aware application installed can make access to the Internet, which can be circumvented by setting the Never dial a connection to Null (unchecked) in Internet Explorer (Tools, Internet Options, Connection tab). If you rather not, it is entirely up to you to read the documentation included with installed programs to ascertain which may have features set to automatically check for updated components or Web pages and configure them so they do not start automatically. If you decide to disable this feature and then want Internet access, connect by using the Microsoft Network desktop icon or the icon for your Internet service provider (ISP), and then start Internet Explorer.
I run Windows 98se with Norton Internet Security 2003 and its included NAV. I also have TaskInfo 2003. There are two items in my Task Scheduler. They are Symantec NetDetect and Windows Update.
I am plagued by what appears to be Internet access attempts during boot that occur before NIS has been loaded and activated. I manually approve all Internet connections except Seti@Home.
Windows is loading. The system tray has started to fill. The Task Scheduler is the first icon showing. Up pops the Internet Connection dialog.
If I do not cancel the dialog the boot process runs up to the point at which the NIS icons appear in the system tray and stops (without the NIS icons showing). If I then cancel the dialog the NIS icons appear in their normal sequence.
If I immediately cancel the dialog I must do so for up to 18 appearances of the dialog. After the last cancel the boot process finishes with the addition of the NIS icons.
I have used TaskInfo 2003 to determine that it is Norton that is behind this weird behavior. I have queried Symantec via email twice over the last year about this. They have ignored me.
Does anyone know if I should be as concerned as I am about this apparent attempt to connect to the Internet before Windows/NIS tells me that NIS is active on my computer?