I'm using Windows XP Home. I recently changed from using an ADSL modem to a router which is connected to the Internet all the time. I never have to ask for an Internet connection, as it's always present while my PC is switched on. Sometimes, however, the dial-up window pops up unexpectedly, asking me to enter my password. I simply dismiss it and forget it, but I'm intrigued to know why it appears. Presumably something is running in the background and wants me to connect to the Internet. The only thing I can think of is BOINC, which does background analysis of "Seti@home" data, but it shouldn't need to ask. So how can I know for sure who is generating the unnecessary request? If it is BOINC, how can I tell it the Internet is already connected, so please to send its completed data results and download the next lot without asking?
Posted: September 7th, 2010, 9:19am
Sometimes there is a setting in the program that specifies how it connects to the internet. For example, on the Connections tab of the Internet Options dialog of Internet Explorer (go to the Tools menu and select Internet Options at the bottom of the menu) there is a section that says "Choose Settings if you need to configure a proxy server for a connection." Under that there are three choices:
Never dial a connection
Dial whenever a network connection is not present
Always dial my default connection
"Never dial a connection" should be chosen. If not, Internet Explorer will try to dial a connection. This could be your problem or it could be a similar setting in a different program, like BOINC.
You may have hit on it, Ray. Under the "Advanced" menu I found a "Preferences" item that yielded a "Network Usage" tab which had a check box labelled "Confirm before connecting to Internet". This may be the problem. I've unchecked it, so we wait to see if that makes a difference. If not, maybe there will be something similar for some other application. Many thanks for the suggestion.