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SP2, FireFox, Browser keeps opening dial-up dialog
Is this a known problem with a known fix?
kaled




msg:1588679
 9:51 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Since installing XP SP2, Firefox has developed the habit of habitually stalling and opening a dialup. So far as I am aware, there is no problem with my broadband connection.

I'm using FF 0.9.2, would upgrading fix the problem? I don't routinely upgrade software without a good reason.

Thanks,

Kaled.

 

Sanenet




msg:1588680
 10:53 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Maybe you picked up a dialler? Sounds like the sort of thing they do. Check out the usual adware removal tools.

kaled




msg:1588681
 1:14 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's not a scumware dialler - the number it wants to dial is is my standard "emergency use" number. The problem is that FF seems to think my broadband connection is dropping out and so it goes for the dial-up.

Kaled.

isitreal




msg:1588682
 6:02 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Check your IE internet connection settings, that's IE, tools, internet options, connection.

Make sure that 'never dial a connection' is selected.

This is the most likely culprit.

encyclo




msg:1588683
 6:09 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

isitreal:
Check your IE internet connection settings

So are you saying that even the bugs in Firefox are Internet Explorer's and Microsoft's fault?! ;)

kaled:
I'm using FF 0.9.2, would upgrading fix the problem?

No, but versions before 1.0 preview release, including 0.9.2, are vulnerable to a number of serious security-related problems:

[webmasterworld.com...]

Best to upgrade anyway.

kaled




msg:1588684
 7:58 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'll check the IE setting. I'm working in Win 2000 at the moment (I dual boot several flavors of windows). I'll post again when I know whether this is the problem or not.

Thanks,

kaled.

isitreal




msg:1588685
 9:09 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

So are you saying that even the bugs in Firefox are Internet Explorer's and Microsoft's fault?! ;)

ha ha.. firefox and opera use the connection settings in IE as far as i can tell, so if sp2 changed those settings, yep, I'd say that's the case. Or there's a firewall setting that's messed up, best bet on XP 'firewall'? Turn it off, download something like zonealarm, that actually works and provides actual packet filtering in and outbound, don't fool yourself into believing you are protected when you are totally exposed.

Finally got a nice linux box to play with, 1 gigahertz, running Yoper Linux with KDE, I have to say from first view KATE is exactly the text editor I was looking for, much cleaner than Bluefish unless bluefish has some hidden stuff I'm missing. KDE 3.3 looks very very good, I'm going to start setting it up for real work the next few weeks. Small glitches but overall I'd be worried if I worked in Redmond, very worried, the KDE interface is beautiful, configuration options beyond belief.

Yoper is fast, uses a lot of the custom config stuff from gentoo etc, along with the KDE stuff, very nice combination, doesn't have the big apt repository yet, but when people start seeing this thing run it's going to take off, as they work out some install glitches even more so... [shameless offtopic plug, sorry].

drbrain




msg:1588686
 9:19 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Those settings are really not IE settings, its just that IE has become the place where they're set (aka Internet Options in the Control Panel). Firefox asks windows to connect to the internet and windows uses those settings to determine what to do.

kaled




msg:1588687
 1:20 pm on Sep 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've changed the IE connection setting to "never dial". So far so good, but the problem was intermittent.

Kaled.

dr3amer




msg:1588688
 5:24 pm on Sep 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

[support.microsoft.com...]

I always do that on any machine I install a PC to, since they always get infected with some kinda spam virii that tries to connect to the net, this helps stop such activity :)

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