The subject behavior may occur if any of the following are true:
- The autodial feature is enabled. Autodial is enabled by default.
- The program that you start is designed to check the Web for updates.
- Your Startup folder contains a program that dials your ISP.
- The registry RUN key contains a program that dials your ISP.
To disable autodial:
01. Use Control Panel to open Network Connections (or Network and Internet Connection / Network Connections).
02. On the Advanced menu, press Dial-up Preferences.
03. Select the Autodial tab.
04. Clear the check boxes under Enable autodial by location.
05. Check the Always ask me before autodialing box.
06. Check the Disable autodial while I am logged on box.
07. Press OK and close the Network Connections dialog.
08. Shutdown and restart Windows XP.
If a program tries to dial, use MSConfig to troubleshoot it.
You can configure Internet Explorer not to connect by using a modem:
1. Open one instance of Internet Explorer.
2. On the Tools menu, press Internet Options.
3. Select the Connections tab.
4. Check Never dial a connection.
5. Press Apply and OK.
You can set the Autoconnect value in the registry to zero:
1. Use the Registry Editor to navigate to:
2. Double-click the Autoconnect Value Name, a REG_DWORD data type, and set the data value to 0.
3. Exit the Registry Editor.