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Found Unknown Computers In My Network Places


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#1 lenrok

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:39 PM

Did a quick search but could not find an answer...
Earlier this week, my wife found four unknown computers in the local network located in my network places.
We have a broadband internet connection but there is no router and there should not be any other computers linked to mine. The computers we found are all labeled "ShareDocs" and the a computer name like "blank family computer". My questions are...

How did this happen (my broadband company or possibly a file sharing program?)
How much risk am i at
How do i stop this and prevent this from happening again.

I'm running XP home w/ SP 2. I am using zonealarm for a firewall and have very strict settings.

Thanks for taking a look,
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:47 PM

Hi lenrok

We have a broadband internet connection but there is no router



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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:52 PM

With only one computer on the modem - this is likely the result of a file sharing program (but not definite).

First, check your system with your antivirus and antispyware tools

Next, download a good, free firewall application. I like the free Comodo version: http://www.comodogroup.com/products/free_products.html

Finally, double check your scans with this free, online tool: http://safety.live.com/

Once assured your computer is clean, disable/delete the other computers. Be careful not to delete your computer as this can have unexpected results!
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 06:21 PM

Did a quick search but could not find an answer...
Earlier this week, my wife found four unknown computers in the local network located in my network places.
We have a broadband internet connection but there is no router and there should not be any other computers linked to mine. The computers we found are all labeled "ShareDocs" and the a computer name like "blank family computer". My questions are...

How did this happen (my broadband company or possibly a file sharing program?)
How much risk am i at
How do i stop this and prevent this from happening again.

I'm running XP home w/ SP 2. I am using zonealarm for a firewall and have very strict settings.

Thanks for taking a look,
Jeremy

If you are using ADSL you may have a router built into your modem. I know Westel ADSL modems have a NAT router built in as added protection. Could you list the make and model of modem you have?
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