Strange items appearing as shared networks, no one has a clue

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by wellingtonwimpy, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. wellingtonwimpy macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    I've already posted about this in two other Mac forums and been to the Genius Bar, and everyone appears stumped. Posting here on the chance that someone has a clue what's happening.

    At random times of the day, something will appear under shared networks that has the URL of some website. Here's a recent example: Sometimes this is a site I recognize and have been to, but sometimes it's completely foreign to me, and in one instance it was obviously a tracking site ( I know that other computers can show up as shared when others are connected to the same router, but I don't understand the appearance of URLs.

    These seem to come and go at random times. I've been monitoring it closely and I can't link it to anything I'm doing. However, they seem to go away when I switch over to another wifi network (my neighbor has an open one that I can test), and they never appear when I'm using wifi away from home. Even weirder, there are three other Mac users in my house that connect with the same wifi router, and these phantom networks don't show up on their systems while they're on mine.

    Since noticing this, I've tightened my wirewall settings just to be sure, and I ran Macscan twice, which found no threats. I've had no issues with my Macbook's performance and it seems to be benign, but it still weirds me out a little. Has anyone ever seen this before or know what might be causing it?
  2. wellingtonwimpy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    No one? This keeps happening and it's really freaking me out.
  3. wellingtonwimpy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    After googling some more, I found another discussion about a problem that seems parallel:

    There's a seemingly plausible explanation in the last post there, but it's a bit over my head. Anyone feel like translating for a noob?
  4. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    kind of looks like whatever website or url you are visiting or is showing up in the network preference pane, is that OSX is trying to connect to their network like an attached storage device.

    might want to report it on the Apple Discussions site and contact whatever sites show up on there to them as well if possible. seems alittle odd and i havent noticed it before.

    Also could be your network picking it up if it doesnt happen on other networks...could be that its trying to attach itself to it.

    Maybe try resetting your wireless network to default settings and trouble shoot from there.

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