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Internet dropped and oppened a web browser by itself.

bobby_b
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Registered: ‎21-07-2017

Internet dropped and oppened a web browser by itself.

Hi,

On 19/07/17 3.03am I was playing a game on steam and I noticed the plusnet router next to me was flashing orange (Hub one) so I exited my game to see what was going on.  The windows network icon had a yellow "!" and my default browser - firefox had opened all by itself (i'm 100% sure I did not have one open before exiting the game) it is a Wired connection no-script blocked whatever it was trying to do which seemed to be trying to open the router page? - http://dsldevice.lan. then redirect to a microsoft site? im not great with scripts so I don't understand exactly what it was doing so please take a look at the attached image at the bottom of this post.

 

After around 30secs or so the internet was working again and everything was as normal as far as I could tell.  Now my question - Why did the browser open on its own? this was a little concerning at first since this could be a symptom of malware but after doing some research I have found this may happen on windows 8.1/10 because of a reg setting "EnableActiveProbing 1" or "web browsing interception" on routers does anyone know anything about this?

https://gal.vin/2017/01/12/windows-10-opens-msn-com-at-login/

https://community.plus.net/t5/Broadband/Connection-drops-suddenly-while-browsing-and-opens-router-lo...

 

 

THANK YOU for reading and if anyone can help put my mind at ease it would appreciate it!

 

I have attached an image to this topic make it clear what exactly I saw.

 

 

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bobby_b
Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎21-07-2017

Re: Internet dropped and oppened a web browser by itself.

Ok so I found some more topics close to this issue most of these seem to be on login but are very similar:

https://superuser.com/questions/1230451/stop-windows-10-opening-captive-portal-without-disabling-act...

https://serverfault.com/questions/695874/default-browser-opens-to-msn-com-when-logging-into-windows-...

http://www.johndstech.com/2015/microsoft-windows/windows-10-autostarts-edge-when-you-login/

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/4cc88d7c-dbca-457b-8960-0a3e9253f92b/why-do...

 

Is it possible when the router/connection messed up my WIN10 mistakenly assumed a "captive portal" was in effect so it opened the browser or something like that? - I dont really know much at all about networking so some of these terms I have come accross I don't really understand.

 

Thanks again if anyone can shed any light on this.