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#1 KrisQ3

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 01:50 PM

This is a strange thing, not sure exactly what is going on.

 

I connect to the internet through a very public unsecured wifi. There are a lot of people who use the wifi and I do have an encrypted modem but try to use the free wifi when I'm not logging into sites.

 

I have always had that one wireless connection listed in the Network and sharing center. That is the only network I connect to on this computer and there is no reason to use another.

 

Yesterday I was having trouble connecting and eventually noticed there were two networks saved on the computer. The unencrypted network that I use, and a network called "Randy" with a password. I unchecked the 'view' box and saw the password was Randy808. I have never connected this computer to any router other than the unsecured one. The 'Randy' network is not visible in the list of visible networks. Nobody else has used this computer in many weeks.

 

How would I suddenly have a secured network with a password added to the network list?

 

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There is a lot of evidence of 'malware' infesting the computers here, on this router a person frequently gets redirected to obviously fake sites. One common one says something like "Your computer has such and such a problem, Call this number" and it has a persistent window that keeps popping up. I do not go to any sites that might normally be associated with malware, i.e., gambling, porn, etc, but am very active with online currency trading, which I use the secure router for.

 

What I'm wondering is, how does an entire network with password get added without my knowing about it? I am concerned about malware and pretty sure it is involved in this, but I don't use this computer for financial things so no really big issue.


Edited by KrisQ3, 25 September 2016 - 03:44 PM.


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#2 Didier Stevens

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:05 PM

What OS do you use?


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:35 PM

Windows 7



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 12:00 PM

If it's Windows 7 then I have no explanation.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 12:41 PM

Was Randy/Randy808 found here: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Manage Wireless Networks?

Or, here: left-clicking on the wifi icon in the task notification tray?

I'm using Windows 7 Pro - you and I might be able to smoke out an answer.


Edited by RolandJS, 27 September 2016 - 12:42 PM.

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