This automapping only occurs if one of the following is true:

. You search using the open or advanced find function of an Office 97 application and the search discovers a shortcut that contains a drive letter mapped to a network drive.

. FindFast is installed in your startup group and it indexs a drive which contains a sortcut that uses a drive letter mapped to a network drive.

These behaviors should not occur if you have SP3 installed.

To avoid the problem:

. Don't search folders that contain shortcuts with mapped drive letters.
. Change your shortcuts to use UNC names (\\Server\Share). See tip 177.
. Disable FindFast (a good idea in any case as this application sometimes leaks memory
  and only benefits those you have many thousands of documents that require indexing.