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ceciliailla

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 6, 2016
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After a while of the Macbook being on, a computer appears under my "shared" list in Finder with this series of numbers and letters: brw1c3e841fd12e. It also says connection failed. How can I get rid of it? Is it dangerous? My Macbook is pretty new, like a couple weeks old and I don't understand how this computer could've gotten there. I noticed that when I turn the Wi-Fi off, the unknown computer disappears. After a while of turning it back on though, there it is again.
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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Are you at a hotel of cafe or something where you are sharing wifi with other people? That is usually another computer or printer your Mac is seeing on the same network and common if you are on a shared, public network.
 

ceciliailla

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 6, 2016
5
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Hey!
uhm no, I'm at home and the Macbook hasn't left the house. I also do not have any programme like "Parallels" and such... You don't think it's dangerous then? I mean, I have a lot of laptops at home, I just thought it was odd that only one of them would show. The only other option then (if it really is one of my or my family's devices) is the printer. When I click on printers it shows the name of it (not brw1c3e841fd12e) , it's a Brother.
 

Mrbobb

macrumors 603
Aug 27, 2012
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Go sit at a Starbuck and start to freak out with all these other people getting into your computer! Think of it as Mac social network. Good thing is, you can just ignore them. Can even turn them off from displaying if you wish.
 
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