Why do I have a shared computer called 'desktop2'?

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  1. ShinyMac macrumors newbie

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    I don't remember this icon being there when I first started my Mac, but I could be mistaken. There is a PC desktop next to me most of the time when I am on my mac. I am aware there is some kind of computer-to-computer file sharing thing, but I never set it up. I clicked the eject button, it just stays there afterwards though. Does anyone know why it is there? :confused:

    Thanks! :D

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  2. dejo Moderator

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    It's a Windows computer that is on the same subnet of the network as you. And they have file-sharing turned on.
     
  3. Willis macrumors 68020

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    is your network passworded? if not, someone is on it
     
  4. ShinyMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There are three other computers on the same network at the moment they are all from Dell. The network does have a password. :)

    If the file sharing is turned on, does that mean one of the other computers can see everything in my computer right now if they wanted to? Or do I have to put the files into the shared docs folder?
     
  5. Willis macrumors 68020

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    oh ok. No... Mac's can read windows very easily, but windows need a little more config to see a Mac
     
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  7. Willis macrumors 68020

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    find the offending computer and turn file sharing off?
     
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    If you have File Sharing turned on for your Mac, then, somewhat, they can see things in your computer. Not everything though, unless they login as an administrator. But if you don't have File Sharing turned on, they won't even see your Mac.
    Ask the owners of these PCs to log off your network? ;)

    Seriously, I'm curious how you are connected to your ISP. Can you give us more details? Routers, modems, etc.
     
  9. ShinyMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have file sharing turned off on my mac... (assuming all I have to do is check system preferences)

    I wish I could tell you how my connection is working, but I don't really know anything about how all that works. I don't know the difference between a router or a modem or what it all does! :( But we're on Verizon FIOS.... if that means anything.... :confused:
     
  10. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Does that other computer live in your household?
     
  11. ShinyMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, the computer is in the household, so I can't really ask them to leave. :p
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Then is nothing you can really do; why does that bother you anyways?
     

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