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27-Mar-2010, 12:58 PM #1
I think a very smart hacker is messing with my wireless network, Help me!
Hi everyone, I'm noticing something weird going on with my wireless network. Sometimes the firewall or the anti-virus just shuts off by itself, I tried changing the wireless network password and settings but I still experience some strange stuff happening, like someone else is logged onto my computer because I've experienced the browser being minimized and closed before without my doing.....please tell me it's all in my head, lol.

I recently tried to access some files from one of the computers on my network and I noticed two other router under the name "Network Infrastructure", I only used to notice "residential gateway" there before!

I have uploaded the screenshot of the other 2 unknown connection. Please help me guys!
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27-Mar-2010, 01:51 PM #2
What have you done since this happened or you noticed it?

Have you resetted the Wireless router, change your SSID, disable network broadcasting.
Set a passphrase, enable WPA wireless encryption.
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27-Mar-2010, 02:07 PM #3
I changed my SSID, disabled network broadcasting and also restricted wireless connectionn to only the Mac address of known devices (mainly my laptop and my sister's) but couldn't get anything to connect successfully afterwards. I used the highest security level available to my router (WPA2) and couldn't connect until and used WPA wireless encryption and enabled network broadcasting and disabled restriction on what gets connected.

I also noticed something else, the Belkin router still shows up even after I manually turned off wireless access from my laptop.
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27-Mar-2010, 02:08 PM #4
I'm using a Netgear router...
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27-Mar-2010, 02:34 PM #5
Don't you know if there's anyone in your hood who uses a wifi with such name?

Have you checked in your manual why when you disable broadcasting and allow only manually entered MAC addresses of wireless devices to have access to the wifi?

Have you check for firmware update.
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27-Mar-2010, 03:05 PM #6
There's only one firmware update ever released for the router I have and that was in 2007. I'm sure I've seen a Belkin in the available connections before....I'll reset the router and try to use the highest security settings throughout and get back at you to let you know how it all turned out
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27-Mar-2010, 05:44 PM #7
After extensive research on the Internet, i think i can safely conclude that it's a windows 7 problem. For some reason my computer is detecting other nearby routers; this makes sense because I can still detect these router even with my router turned off.

Anyways, I've reset, reinstall firmware update for my router, and changed my security settings to the highest security possible on my router. So far, everything seems to be ok, I'll let you know if anything comes up.
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