Did you also get the latest signature files for v5.2, currently 1101 (22nd Dec)
What's the name of this free ISP then?
I'd get in touch with them ASAP. Either that, or uninstall their dodgy software & get a real ISP.
One sure way of finding out if you've got a virus is to run the Windows search facility.
Start -> F
ind -> F
iles & Folders
Name & Location tab:
Make sure "Look In -> Windows_xx(C)" & "Include subfolders" are selected.
Search for all files 1) Created & 2) Modified during the previous x
Try 1 day at first & increase it until a time nearest to when you installed the ISP's software.
If you find any EXE or DLL files that have been modified, other than ones you know you've updated yourself during this time, then the only other thing that could've modified them is a virus.
However, if you have any viruses, InoculateIt should detect & clean them, so it's now looking more likely that you haven't. You could well be right about your other theory.
I know how ya feel about having to click on an icon other than IE to get a connection.
The main ISP I use is BT Internet Surftime, which also puts an icon on the desktop.
I've got to click it to use their dial-up adapter, otherwise I get charged for all calls too.
I suppose it's worth it tho' for only £30 a quarter & all calls free.
The best thing is that it's charged to my phone bill, no credit card required.
I was spending about £150 a quarter on the internet b4, so I'm definitely onto a winner!
These so called free ISP's are a total rip off anyway. Free? Pull the other one!
Anyway, I hope you sort everything out. Good luck.