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Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.

by rodalsa / September 25, 2004 8:42 PM PDT

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?


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Re: Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.
by Cursorcowboy / September 25, 2004 10:14 PM PDT

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.

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Re: Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2004 10:40 PM PDT

There is an issue that NIS/Symantec does start to show such behaviour as it nears the end (months in advance!) of it's license period.


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Re: Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.
by rodalsa / September 27, 2004 12:27 AM PDT

Ah so! Perhaps this is the source. My subscription ends on 11/15/04 and it has been some months since I became plagued with this problem.

Before I do anything else I will monitor the problem across the renewal time.

I'll try to remember to get back with the conclusion.


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Re: Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.
by jhall49 / October 8, 2004 12:23 PM PDT

This is normal behavior for Norton Antivirus. It is looking to connect and upgrade your anti-virus files, and it will ask over and over again to connect to the internet. Your Norton software is starting up and doing an antivirus check during boot up. I found it to be annoying until I let it do it thing. At first I thought it was a virus trying to connect to the internet, but it is just Norton's software. After I checked into things I found that you are ok to let it connect, no harm will happen to your computer. I had the Exact same thing going on with my system!

I was very worried about this when it started happening to my computer a year or so ago and I did the research to make sure that my answer to you is correct.
I wouldn't disable this feature, just know that it is normal and an ok feature of Norton Anti-Virus.
Note: this will stop happening to you once you let the Norton software perform as it is designed.


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Re: Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.
by reesie / October 15, 2004 10:17 AM PDT

I have same problem with norton 2004 and I don't like it connecting to internet until I'm ready to connect. How do you disable this feature? I've tried disabling everything and rebooting, but nothing I do seems to stop it. It's very annoying.

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Re: Unwanted Internet Connections during boot.
by rodalsa / November 5, 2004 10:32 PM PST

It has been more than a couple of days. I have other issues.

Since my original post I have formatted my C: drive, installed Windos 98se, all of the updates I could find and my most used software suites.

In the process the problem reappeared for a short while. Recently it is not present.

Bottom line--- Who knows why? I could not discern any particular cause for the problem.

Thanks for the comments that I received. It galls me to leave an issue like this unsolved.

This closes this thread as far as I am concerned.


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