Mac newbie...what the heck is this in my sidebar?!

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  1. miamialley macrumors 68030

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    What is this 'shared' volume in my sidebar? I've never seen and don't know how to get rid of it.
     

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  3. mAc-warrior macrumors member

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    This is definitely a Windows machine of some sort. If you don't own a PC or have it enabled for file sharing, you have somebody else logging into your WiFi and using it.

    Isn't Apple's "PC" logo beautiful?

    --mAc
     
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  5. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I am.
     
  6. mAc-warrior macrumors member

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    Yeah, you need to take steps to lock down your Wifi network. You have somebody leeching off your connection (and possibly accessing your machines, though this is unlikely with OS X) unless that PC is yours.

    I would immediately reset the password on your Wifi router at minimum. WPA encryption is stronger than WEP. Use it if possible.

    --mAc
     
  7. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm not able to access my router page '192.168.1.1'

    It just comes up as blank. Used 2 computers. Any reason for this?
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    different routers have different addresses for one, and you more than likely have to be wired to it via ethernet too...
     
  9. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I successfully changed the password to a complicated numeric one with WPA (was already WPA). However, that shared volume still is displayed in my sidebar. What's going on?
     
  10. waffle911 macrumors regular

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    If the shared computer you are seeing isn't yours, then there's the possibility that your network has been hijacked.
    Although, sometimes you need to connect to the router directly via ethernet cable in order to change its settings.

    If all else fails, do a hard reset and start building your network over from scratch, with at least WPA encryption. Some routers also allow you to limit the MAC hardware addresses that are allowed to access the network, so only specific machines authorized by you can log on.


    Edit: began writing before previous post(s), but finished after.
     
  11. Scippy macrumors regular

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    Do you have a PC that is hooked up to your network?
     
  12. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, but that computer has never shown up before. (I've had my Mac for 2 weeks and have not seen this shared volume)
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    have you used it to get online since resetting the pw? or is it connected to the router via ethernet?
     
  14. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, it's my roommates computer. (the PC in the house, which again, has never shown up in my sidebar. he says he has made no changes to his comp.)
     
  15. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    well its normal then. maybe you just never noticed the icon until recently? dont worry about it though, its suppose to be like that

    edit: or did you change finder prefs? if you dont like it, simply go to finder-prefs-sidebar and look under shared section and tick/untick stuff you want to see
     
  16. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    100% positive it's never been there before.
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i edited my above post (#15) to talk about finder prefs which may have been changed. maybe that?
     
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    I suspect it may be a Windows PC on the same subnet as you are on with your ISP.
     
  19. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I logged off of OSX and the volume is no longer displayed in the sidebar. (after first changing my wifi password). Thanks for the help. What do we think happened? Why did the volume not go away until after I logged out and back on?
     
  20. waffle911 macrumors regular

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    I know in system preferences, there is a button labeled "sharing", so you can poke around there if you haven't already.
    HOWEVER.
    Have you recently installed any Apple related software on your PC? i.e. Safari, iTunes, etc.
    Your PC might have had Bonjour installed, allowing simplified automatic detection and networking configuration/operation between your Mac and your PC.
     
  21. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    If it were a Bonjour volume, would that be evidenced in my posted picture? (orginal post)
     
  22. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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    you didn't have the sharing tab collapsed?

    ie. click the triangle near sharing, and the sharing section will collapse or minimise.
     
  23. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    According to the picture in the original post it looks collapsed to me.
     
  24. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Love it! :)

    That's good to hear. So at least you know someone has not jacked into your network.

    As some have said, be sure to change the password on your Router.

    WPA is better than WEP. MAC filtering also helps. Yes it can be bypassed, but still good to do.

    Does your roommate's PC have remote sharing enabled?
     
  25. vandozza macrumors 6502a

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    no your picture shows "sharing" region is open/expanded. if you click the triangle, it will changed to a closed/collapsed state. (at least that's how i would word/see it.)
     

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