Why does IE keep trying to connect through my VPN connection?

This is driving me nuts!!  I created a vpn connection on my windows xp pro machine.  When I try to use IE6 it continually tries to connect through my vpn connection (I have a dsl connection already).  I have set the internet connection properties to NEVER dial a connection, but it seems to ignore this setting.  If I remove the vpn connection from the list of dialup/vpn connections it deletes the vpn connection!  Any help appreciated.
dhenderson12Asked:
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyConnect With a Mentor Principal ConsultantCommented:
Please check this key in your registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\EnableAutoDial and make sure that it's set to "0".  

If the key is not there, then you will need to add it as a DWORD.

If it is there and correct, please log onto that computer with a different user account and see if you experience the same behavior.

Jeff
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dhenderson12Author Commented:
Let me add that MS Outlook, as well as anything else that connects to the internet, does the same thing .... tries to connect through the vpn connection.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Most likely because the Network Settings on the VPN connection are configured to use the Remote Gateway.   On your VPN connection's properties > Networking Tab > Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > Properties > Advanced... is "Use default gateway on remote network" checked?  if so, uncheck it.

Other possibility... in Internet Properties > Connections > LAN Settings... make sure Automatic Configuration boxes are unchecked.

Jeff
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dhenderson12Author Commented:
Thanks for the replies.
"Use default gateway" is unchecked.  Automatic configuration check boxes are also unchecked.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Check your HOSTS file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ to make sure that there are no entries that would cause this.  Also, there should NOT be an LMHOSTS file (just LMHOSTS.sam)

Jeff
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Ehab SalemIT ManagerCommented:
Is this happening when the VPN is established, or it tries to connect to VPN?
If the VPN is established, all traffic will be forced thru it.
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dhenderson12Author Commented:
Jeff,
   There are no entries in the HOSTS file and nothing in the LMHOSTS file (an empty file is as good as no file at all in this case right?).  I did go ahead and delete the LMHOSTS file but the problem is still there.

Just to be clear:  IE tries to start the vpn connection and I have to keep disconnecting it or (if I'm fast enough) hit the "Cancel" button when it starts up.  
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Actually... I think I may have just realized what's going on.  If your VPN connection is configured to use the remote network as the default gateway, then it is controlling this behavior.

Please open your VPN connection properties > Networking > Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > Properties > Advanced.  Uncheck the box that says "Use default gateway on remote network"

Jeff
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johnb6767Commented:
Silly question.....I havent seen anyone touch on the basics yet, soI figure I would jump in with it.....

IE>Tools>Options>Connections> Make sure you dont haev your VPN set as the default......Most apps will get their Internet Settings from IE....
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Ehab SalemIT ManagerCommented:
Try to install ZoneAlarm an it will tell you which app is trying to access the inet, and to which IP an dfrom which IP.
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dhenderson12Author Commented:
The actual answer to the question, at least for my computer, is that after making sure all the settings are correct you need to do a power-down of the computer ... doing restarts did not help, but a cold boot seems to have done the trick.
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dhenderson12Author Commented:
Thanks to all who responded.  I am awarding the points to Jeff (TechSoEasy).
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