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Question:
Earthlink software was installed on this Windows XP PC and since I have taken it off when I connect to the web the double computers do not come up in the taskbar. Is there a way to restore them when connected. I have tried uninstalling dialup adapter, reinstalling it and have looked all over for something, even in the registry but no luck.

Answer:
Edit your connectoid - The 'Show Icon in Notification Area' option needs to be checked. (2nd screen shot on this page.) For Windows 9x - It's also a connectoid/modem properties setting: Edit the connectoid - enable Display Modem Status (5th screen shot on this page).
 


Question:
I've caught my modem dialing out persistently without me asking it to and wonder who it is trying to dial (In case it is some spyware). Is there any way I might find out who it is trying to dial?

Answer:
All versions of Windows include a Modemlog capability. Windows changes the phone number dialed to #'s, but, if you add the command E1 (e-one) to the modem initialization string, the phone number will be viewable from the modem log. (Auto dialing can come from spyware/adware/malware, as well as from settings in the various programs - browsers, e-mail, newsreaders, etc. - that you have installed on your computer. Also recommended: Lavasoft's Ad-aware.)

 


 

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