getting a lil paranoid , some one explain plz

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mithun914, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. mithun914 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    I just got a new mac mini, and the onli 2 computers in the house are my imac and mac mini both connected to the internet with wpa2 encryption with an airport extreme router. I love screen sharing, so i have that on as well as file sharing and remote login In the sharing preferences pane)

    but while am on my imac when i go into the finder and check the sidebar i see the mini and says "connected as VNC" but i also see another thing with a generic pc icon and says " connected as guest"?? what does this mean? if i press get info doens't give me any , onli says "pc server"

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  2. Flyyvon macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    I got the same thing happening with me but i tought it was my Apple TV. Do you also have an Apple TV? I can connect to it but don't see anything.

  3. mithun914 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    nope i don't have an apple tv or any other computer connected in the house.
    and i eveN changed my airport extreme router's password. still happenz!

    so how can this other thing me connected to my network?
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Do you have a disk connected to the Airport Extreme? Do you also have Windows sharing turned on for it?

    I believe the samba share shows up as a generic PC.

  5. mithun914 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    i don't have a disk connected to the airport extreme, i have screen sharing , printer sharing, file sharing , and remote login on, and also itunes sharing and iphoto sharing...

    EDIT: i just turned of iphoto sharing and it seemed to have disappeared ?? I guess that was it, weird.

    But now as i look from my mac mini's point of view i see my imac on the shared in finder side bar but also another thing called : macintosh ( when i get info it says pc server)

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  6. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    I've always got a bunch of people's computers that show up in my sidebar, and they are always disappearing and reappearing every few minutes. I checked by router's client table to see if anyone is connected to my router and they're not, but I still keep seeing all these people!

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  7. mithun914 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    YES!! same but i find it reali scary i mean there is a generic pc called "macintosh" wtf??
    and same they keep going on and off,
  8. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    Looks like your router is letting AFP / bonjour traffic bleed in from your connection. That's the only way I can think those entries would show up in your sidebar if no one is on your wireless.
  9. mattniles007 macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2005
    The government has admitted to keeping tabs on us for five years now.
  10. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    Do you know if there is a specific setting in my router prefs I should look for so I can stop it? Thanks.
  11. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    Sounds like it could be one of two things to me.

    1. You're using wireless without encryption, or with WEP (which can be cracked in minutes). Somebody is 'borrowing' your connection. If that's the case, turn on WPA or WPA2 encryption on your router, and connect up with your mac. That should stop it.

    2. As another poster said, your router is letting in random bits of traffic from outside your setup. It shouldn't be doing that anyway, so if it has a firewall built in, make sure it's turned on and isn't set to allow any traffic in (unless you're running anything you want to share on the web, like a web server, or you're running bittorrent or anything like that).

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