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Why would I have random dial up connections?

I know what everyone is thinking... Go to Internet Options -> Connections Tab -> Select "Never Dial A Connection." This has been done already. I also looked in Outlook's settings (these are the only two programs the person really uses), and verified that no connections are to be automatically dialed on the Dial-up section of the Mail Setup tab. In the users account settings, the connection is set to "Connect using my Local Area Network (LAN). This is a remote user running Windows Vista. I had to remote into his machine to take a look, but there were no programs running that were out of the ordinary. At least nothing that I haven't seen before. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there is another setting somewhere within Windows or IE that can be changed that has to deal with the modem dialing out. The modem also seems to be dialing different connections almost every time it tries. I am wondering if anyone has any other suggestions for me to try, or things I can look at? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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malware rootkit?

by TobiF In reply to Why would I have random d ...

This thing about automatically calling DIFFERENT numbers makes me think of malware.
But this malware seems to be doing a good job of hiding.

Can you scan the system from a live disk?
Or at least try a couple of rootkitrevealers?

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Sounds like a virus or a trojan.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Why would I have random d ...

Google 'viruses dialer' and/or 'trojan dialer'. They've been around since the Internet was pretty much dialup only.

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AOL? Fax?

by seanferd In reply to Why would I have random d ...

Did this system ever have a dialup internet account? Especially AOL, as it uses a non-standard adapter.

Other things to look at besides trojan malware dialers include anything this system was used for which included connecting over POTS. Home security system? VOIP?

You can always disable the modem and see if anything complains.

Was the modem ever used for anything?

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Takes me back a bit...

Sounds like the dialers that p*rn sites used to install on your machine (Ahem! So I've been told...) when the site was visited. Check Task Manager to see which program started the dialer and delete it. Many of these are stand-alone executables that tended to be placed in the Windows or Windows/System32 folder.

The other thing, why not delete the dialup setting or set the Telephony Service to Manual...?

Deduct 2cents...

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