another computer connected to mine

July 12, 2011 at 15:32:17
Specs: Windows XP
i recently ran the network connection wizard and it informed me that it had detected an unnamed computer connected to mine,how is this possible when i have not allowed this

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#1
July 12, 2011 at 15:44:43
There are 2 possible scenarios, neither good. Either someone hacked into your network and is now trying to hack into your computer, or someone already has possibly from the other side of the world. I would run some anti-virus programs to make sure no viruses are on your PC (Use Spybot Search and Destroy, Malawarebytes Anti-Malaware, and Ad-Adware, all are free), and disconnect from the internet when you start doing the scans (whether it is disconnecting from a Wi-Fi network, or unplugging the ethernet cable). Then tell us how things are looking after the scans.

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#2
July 12, 2011 at 21:38:43
Do the finger command in the Command Prompt ---
http://www.umcs.maine.edu/~larry/UN...
Who is connecting to my network

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#3
July 13, 2011 at 09:16:21
I took your advice and ran iobit malware full scan and it turned up nothing any more ideas will be greatly appreciated

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#4
July 13, 2011 at 10:06:52
I would get some security software to protect your PC. First, make sure Windows Firewall is on:
1. Start>Control Panel>Windows Firewall
2. If it says it is off, turn it on, and click Apply and OK.

I would at least get Microsoft Security Essentials to protect your PC. I don't know much on the having someone hacking your computer section, and I am afraid this is as much info that I know on it.

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#5
July 13, 2011 at 12:21:22
thanxs for the info

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#6
July 14, 2011 at 00:11:28
blackbeauty11, use wireless connection? Lots of home wireless nets are 'unprotected'. They use radio frequency signals which can be easily 'hijacked' and simply need to be password protected.
BTW, many 'add on' wireless systems use the factory PW which is easily hacked. Apply your own unique one.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#7
July 17, 2011 at 22:01:37
Spybot, Ad-aware, and Iobit are either antiquated or junk at their best. Malwarebytes Free and SuperAntiSpyware Free are awesome on-demand scanners. You should also have a real-time anti-malware program like Avira Free or Microsoft Security Essentials.

Open up the properties of your wireless Network Interface Card, look for an option enabling Ad-Hoc networking and disable it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirele...

In addition, you should have things like Remote Assistance & Remote Desktop Connection disabled unless you're presently using them. Do so on the Remote tab of System properties (Start > Run > type: sysdm.cpl)

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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