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Old 04-19-2018, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Hi - I would appreciate a little help regarding a network connection that keeps prompting my Eset AV software to issue a warning...

I'm running Windows10 on a Lenovo laptop. The laptop is connected to the Internet via Ethernet cable to my router, which is cabled to my cable modem. Wifi is turned off on my laptop, but enabled on my router to accomodate my wife's iPad.

About a week ago, I began receiving the following AV pop-up. Many evenings the pop-ups occur every few minutes for hours. I assume a neighbor recently installed an HP printer, but it's driving me frigging crazy.
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You are connected to an unprotected wireless network
HP-Setup>7d-M277 LaserJet
Any network communication could be intercepted or manipulated.
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When these warnings occur, as expected, my laptop's network settings correctly show me connected via ethernet to my personal network.

I'm confused because the laptop's network settings show wifi turned off until a warning pops up, and then it shows me connected to the HP-Setup network "no Internet, open". I can either manually disconnect or wait a few seconds and the connection disappears. When I look at the list of available networks, the HP-Setup network is always there. It gives me the option to "Connect", but I cannot figure out any way to block this network.

Since the laptop's wifi setting is "turned off", how does it keep connecting? Is there any way to block this or other networks? Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Don't know.
Turn Airport mode on and see it that helps.
Open the network that shows you all the possible connections. Click on the connection you do not want and select properties and deselect automatically connect. Before you go to properties if you see disconnect click that and when the box opens make sure the automatically connect box is not checked.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Thanks for the suggestions. Thing is, this network never showed up checked for "connect automatically", but it did anyway. Just weird. I ended up manually connecting to it, then clicking on "forget network". It still shows up in the list but seems to have stopped connecting. Hope it holds. Thanks again.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:46 AM
 
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Interesting thing to have happen.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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If you can find pout who has the printer and have them do this it should fix the problem permanently. Other neighbor are probably seeing the same thing you are.

1. Make sure you do not have a USB cable attached to your printer.
2. Go to the web configuration portal for the printer
3. Go to the Networking tab> Wi-Fi Direct Setup
4. Set WiFi Direct to "On"
5. Set Connection Method to "Advanced"
6. Check the box "Do not broadcast the Wi-Fi Direct name"
7. Click "Apply"
8. Restart the printer (Turn off > on)
9. Verify you no longer see the SSID
10. Go back to the Wi-Fi Direct Setup and set the WiFi Direct setting to "off"
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Old 04-20-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Thank you! If I can figure out who owns it, I will definitely pass it along.
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