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#1 hank3366

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 10:31 AM

Can someone help.For the last 6 months my computer is starting up by itself every day at the same time.I can not find anything that would cause this.It is driving me crazy.I am on a dialup system for internet and am not sharing this computer with anyone.Please help if you can.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 11:52 AM

Try this free, online scan of your system: http://safety.live.com/
If it comes up clean, then we can try some other stuff to get at the root of this.

Most likely cause is spyware trying to phone home. Next most likely is a legitimate program trying to phone home. The safest course for you is to unplug the phone line when you're not using the computer (until we get this sorted out).

You can install a free software firewall - such as the last freeware edition of Sygate Personal Firewall, or the free version of Zone Alarm. This will provide an alert when something tries to access the Internet. Since this problem occurs at the same time every day it should be fairly easy to associate it with a particular program.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 12:22 PM

hi,

in case you have inadvertantly downloaded some auto-dialler spyware, i would definately unplug the phone line when not in use by yourself. there are programmes that can dial premium rate numbers you wont know anything about until the phone bill arrives!

best do the scan mentioned above asap.

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 07:07 AM

Are you shutting the computer down or placing it on hibernate or standby?




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