Modem Doesn't Disconnect Even When Unplugged.

December 7, 2010 at 01:19:04
Specs: Windows XP
I didn't know exactly where to post this, but here seemed like a good enough place, so...I think my XP and modem aren't getting along anymore. I'm a downloader and I use sites like rapidshare and hotfile and such (although I prefer Megaupload over the rest). Anyway, every time you download something from them u have to wait 10-60+ minutes And I don't like wait for that long. SO, what I USED to do is unplug my modem and wait for the _A network cable is unplugged" message to come up and the computer with the red X symbol to come up, then plug my modem back in, and wait for the symbol and message to go away, wait 3 or so minutes and download somethinge else and repeat. But recently, when I unplug my modem, nothing happens. It still says I'm connected, even if I unplugged the modem 20 minutes earlier. Then, even after I plug the modem back in, I can get on the web again, so I have to restart my comp every time. So, does anyone else have this problem, or even better, a solution? Any help would be very welcome and greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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December 8, 2010 at 00:17:07
grazman, I've never had to go thru all the machinations you describe so dunno for sure. My thought is that you have some sort of nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running. Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try
Ed in Texas.

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December 8, 2010 at 21:49:25
Thx for the suggestion. I have SuperAntiSpyware Pro and have run a virsu scan with both that AND Spyhunter 4 and it still happens. I have reformatted my comp 3 times and still get the same problem so I'm sure it's not a virus. I've had this comp for like 4-5 yrs and it's the first time this problem has ever happened. I just hope I can get the solution to fix this problem for good soon, so I don't have to reset my comp every time after I download something or wait 10-60+ minutes in between downloads, because both are a watse of time. However, I DO want to thank you for offering your advice and trying your best to help me. So, thank you.

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