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Home network. W Explorer just does not look right.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by WacoJohn, Nov 18, 2018.

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  1. WacoJohn

    WacoJohn Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 8098 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, -1988 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 451 GB (398 GB Free); F: 2794 GB (2690 GB Free);
    Motherboard: TOSHIBA, PHQAA
    Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

    I have 5 windows 10 computers (2 are 32-bit), one printer, and one router-attached hard drive on my home network.
    Everything seems to work OK, but what is bothering me is Explorer does not look the same on all 5 computers. Furthermore, certain folders show as PUBLIC on some computers but not others. Network Sharing is the same on all 5 computers:

    Private profile: network discovery on and Turn on auto setup is checked.
    File and printer sharing is on.

    Guest or public: discovery off. File and printer sharing off.

    All Networks: Public folder sharing off. P/W protected sharing off.

    The Brother networked printer is identified on SOME computers as BRN0080770794d4.

    The shared router-connected hard drive is identified on SOME as READYSHARE

    I have 6 attachments, .. 5 showing each machine and 1 showing uhm .. well, a mess.

    Wondering why Explorer (NETWORKING) doesn't look the same on all computers?
    Why is a PUBLIC folder shown on some computers and not others ... all other things being the same.
    Why do some computers show Users/Owner (my standard Windows user name), Users/Owner and Administrator.

    I don't know if it will be of any help, but I just now installed Spiceworks ... as if I knew what to do with it.

    Thank you in advance for any help.


    ACER-64 W10-64
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    ACER-PC W10-32
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    A BIG MESS
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    DELL w-64 COMPUTER
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    EMATIC LAPTOP W10-32
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    TOSHIBA LAPTOP W10-64
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  2. lunarlander

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    On the pc that shows an Administrator folder underneath the Users folder, it means you have logged in once using the 'Administrator' built in admin account. Logging in to any account first time creates a folder underneath Users. That folder holds your system settings (AppData) and Documents, Pictures and others. If you haven't logged into the PC using the 'Administrator' account before, then somebody has, and you might have been hacked. Usually attackers use that folder to hold files they want to keep. Go to Folder Options and choose to display all hidden folders and system folders. Then go through each folder.

    There is normally a Public folder underneath Users. It is to be used to tranfers files from 1 account to another. You first copy the file to Public\Documents and then login to the second account and retreive the file from there.

    Which Spiceworks program did you install? They have several.
     
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  3. WacoJohn

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    WOW .... thank you for the great reply. Hsppy Birthday, Sir. It is certainly possible I have logged in as Administrator on those machines, but don't recall specifically doing so. Can't remember a lot about yesterday:sick: HACKED?? Wonderful. Other than Malwarebytes Pro and W10 Defender, I really would not know. In any case, the question is now moot with your great answer. For my own comfort, .. would there be a way to reverse that situation on those machines???

    I downloaded a free version of Spiceworks. I installed it ... and then uninstalled it. Way over my head, but I can install it again. Here is what I downloaded:

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  4. lunarlander

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    The 'Administrator' account, exactly as spelt, has to be specifically enabled before use, it is by default disabled, meaning you can't login to use before being enabled. There is a specific command line to enable it.
     
  5. WacoJohn

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    So, if I wanted to 'undo' logging in as Administrator on those machines, I would uh ... disable the account? Uhm .. sound dangerous to me. Step by step if you don't mind. I would like all the machines to be alike if possible.

    I found instructions on disabling Elevated Administrator account in W10. I assume it is safe to do this.
     
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  6. lunarlander

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    Yes, it should be safe.

    However, the attacker may have installed a Remote Access Tool, meaning they can see your screen and execute commands any time. The best course of action is to backup your documents and do a clean install of Windows
     
  7. WacoJohn

    WacoJohn Thread Starter

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    Hmmm. Well. OK then. That may very well clear up some other issues. I will take your advice. Thank you again.
     
  8. lunarlander

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    No probs
     
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