Solved Proxy settings were changed - how/why?

April 7, 2017 at 04:42:43
Specs: el capitan, .../lots...
Mac Mini running el capitan; Safari and Firefox browsers.

Booted up and found no access to internet; either via Safari or Firefox.

MacBookPro also running el capitan; Safari only. That could access internet OK.

Safari gave usual Safari message about not being able to access interenet and to check proxy and connections; and also of course admin...

Firefox produced an error message referring to a proxy setting it couldn't use; as that was blocking access to internet. Check settings etc...

Via Macbook went hunting (on the internet) for proxy settings and how to find/change them. Checked the proxy settings on MacBook Pro Safari Preferences/Advanced/Proxies (change settings) and found on MacBook no boxes checked...

However on Mac Mini two had been checked...; namely web proxy (http) and secure web proxy (https).

Clearing those two checked options restored "normal" internet access.

Question: how did they get changed as I didn't make the changes?

Have scanned the entire Mac Mini using Bitdefender for Mac OS; didn't find anything lurking...

Any input would be mucho appreciated...

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April 7, 2017 at 07:09:05
Sometimes these things can never be explained. The other day on my Win 10 the keyboard layout (overall) suddenly changed from UK to US yet I didn't do a thing to cause it.

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April 7, 2017 at 07:19:21
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mmm I had something similar too re' keyboard on the Mac Mini... The @ and " were switched around...

I run my Apple keyboard on British (not British PC - which I think gives a very slightly different layout to the "simple" British....) and it had changed to more or less US settings... The only way to get it to to reset correctly to British (is best... - that's an olde slogan from a bye-gone era...) was to shut down, remove the power cord, replace it and reboot; effectively resetting the SMC (System Management Controller); and apparently this is not uncommon event on Mac systems.

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April 7, 2017 at 08:05:47
I had same character reversal and restart fixed mine too.

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