IS this Normal?

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  1. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a

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    In a finder window when I press "Network" it shows my computer as a server. Is this normal. I have never noticed this before? Is this some type of spyware on a mac...? Please Give me an answer


    ALSO- it says my computers name with a .local on the end what does this mean...


    I am a novice when it comes to networking. any help is great.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's normal, my panic-attack-susceptible friend. ;)

    Your own computer has a network identity on your network (i.e. at the loopback address) so it shows up. Macs are visible to other macs on the local area network as the computer's name .local. All perfectly normal. None of it is indicative of spyware.
     
  3. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have another question... Yesterday my iMac had a tab called gateway under network and today it's gone? what does that mean?

    Thanks
    EDIT: ok.. it's back now I'm confused.
     
  5. someguy macrumors 68020

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    It's spyware.
     
  6. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you kidding??!

    How?
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think it's spyware. I think he's pulling your chain. What's on your network besides your computer?
     
  8. Peace macrumors P6

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    I'd recommend reading "Unix for n00bs" or "OSX for dummies".

    You're in a different ballpark using OSX than in Windoze.

    The core of OSX is BSD Unix.It was designed for networking.
    The ".local" extension is Unix's way of identifying your computer on the network.
    Get used to it.It's an intergral part of OSX.
     
  9. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My PC and my sisters PowerBook but I don't they're that's called "Gateway"

    Here is what it says when I click on Gateway

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    What happens when you try to connect to Gateway
     
  11. Peace macrumors P6

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    A "Gateway" is either another computer or a router that enables you to go out to the interwebs.Or it's the computer made by the cow company.
     
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  13. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What is the COW company? Yes, I have a router

    Let me check the PowerBook
     
  14. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I checked my sister's PowerBook and after a second of sitting there "Gateway" popped up so it must be the router...? Any help?
     
  15. Peace macrumors P6

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    I call Gateway Computer the COW company because it started in Idaho and has a black and white design on the boxes and they used to use cows in commercials.


    What brand router do you have ? Does anyone in your household own a Gateway Computer?
     
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    The cow company:
     

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  17. jamesW135 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Heh, I'm a real idiot. My PC is a Gateway... So that's what it is.



    Thaks for everyones help solving my problem that turned out not to be a problem!
     
  18. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You might want to change the computer name for that machine if you want. :p
     
  19. Peace macrumors P6

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    Boy Howdy!! That could create some confusion.Couldn't it :D
     
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  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hay guys, there's a computer called imnotspyware.local on my network, but I'm pretty sure it's spyware! :D

    Seriously, we all go through those every once in a while, when we forget what we've got around and suddenly, it seems like something's out of place, when we realize it's something we put there. ;)
     
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    So true...
     

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