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Which program initiates dial on demand?

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I have my windows 98 SE configured to use the dial on demand feature, meaning that when a program attempts to do something involving a net connection and one does not exist, the OS will automatically place the program on hold, establish a net connection by dialing up my ISP, then allow to the program to continue as if the system had been online in the first place.

Quite frequently, the dial on demand feature is activated by some non user driven event--it connects to the net without me having asked my email program to check mail or my browser to load a page.  I don't even have to be at the keyboard.

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I would like to track down which process is responsible for initiating each the dial on demand each time it happens (i.e. which process tried to open a socket that triggered the DOD, etc).  Is there a piece of software or technique that will allow me to do so?

Thanks,

mjw
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by:stevenlewis
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try this
go to start -->run and type msconfig, go to the startup tab, and uncheck all but systrya and explorer, reboot, then go back and check one at a time until it tries to dial, then you have it
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by:stevenlewis
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also scan for trojans
http://www.simplysup.com/tremover/
they have been known to cause this behavior
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MrAlaska earned 100 total points
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Another possibility is to install the free version of ZoneAlarm. When a program wants to connect to the internet, ZoneAlarm will pop up with a warning asking you if you want this program to have permission.

http://zonealarm.com/
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by:vinnyd79
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sygate personal firewall will do what you want and it is free.

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10105-100-8593035.html?tag=st.dl.10001-103-1.lst-7-1.8593035
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by:pallidin
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Agreed, seems likely that a trojan is involved. Hope you have no sensitive data on your computer.
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by:leonardcrandall
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my credit to MrAlaska. ZoneAlarm let me know what program was initiating dialup in my system, so i could deal with it. Worth trying his method, even if it is a trojan.    regards,   Leonard
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by:stevenlewis
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I'm confused now, leonardcrandall are you mjw?
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by:leonardcrandall
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to steven lewis,
   no, i was just adding my vote to MrAlaska's suggestion, since it has worked for me in a similar situation.
regards,      leonard
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