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    Hidden Internet Server

    This is a discussion on Hidden Internet Server within the Mac users forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I have just run GRC Shields up and got this following result Attempting connection to your computer. . . Shields ...

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      Hidden Internet Server

      I have just run GRC Shields up and got this following result

      Attempting connection to your computer. . .
      Shields UP! is now attempting to contact the Hidden Internet Server within your PC. It is likely that no one has told you that your own personal computer may now be functioning as an Internet Server with neither your knowledge nor your permission. And that it may be serving up all or many of your personal files for reading, writing, modification and even deletion by anyone, anywhere, on the Internet!

      How do I access the hidden internet server on my Mac and how do I secure it?

      Thanks!


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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      Look at the results of Shields up and see which ports are open. Internet servers normally operate on port 80 so to access this on your PC/Mac try http://127.0.0.1 or http://127.0.0.1:80
      The 80 isn't really required but if another port is open and running a web server just substitute the port number for 80
      Common ports are 8000 and 8080 as servers can be run on these ports without administrative privileges. Also try the above using your network interface's IP address.

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      When I click on those links I get

      Unable to connect

      Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at 127.0.0.1.

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      The language Gibson uses is ridiculous. For "Hidden Internet Server" read Windows file/printer sharing.

      All GRC does is a port scan. If ports aren't in use then they shouldn't respond - what Gibson calls "stealth". So, run a scan and if no ports are open then end of issue. If it shows any ports are open (i.e. responding to the scan) then you can find out what is using the port with the netstat command. Gibson's Shields Up is not a good way to check for vulnerabilities or for malware as things have moved on considerably.

      Wolfiebrian, looking at your past posts you've obviously had severe problems with your Mac, e.g. porn redirects which you "fixed" by blocking scripts (that's not a fix) and a suspicion of rootkit/keyloggers. Now you're looking at GRC. I don't get the impression that you have secured your system and really wonder if you are able to. I think a backup of your data, a complete wipe of your system and a reinstall might be the way forward?

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      I totally updated my system with Maverick I now have Mac OS X. 10.9.3

      I admit that I am a Mac dummy.

      Trouble is there are soooo many variables when it comes to computer security,

      browser hijacking, viruses and malware (I use Macscan which only flags up tracking cookies nothing more severe), dns poisoning, keyloggers, router hacking, the list goes on....

      I have stopped trying to make money online now, because of this.

      and being paranoid doesn't help LOL!

      But I apprecicate your frankness.

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      If you keep your OS up to date, run an antivirus and don't install/open unknown software the chances of getting an infected system is very low, particularly with a Mac (but contrary to popular belief, Macs are not invulnerable).

      However, once you have an infected system you can never really be sure you have removed it. The malware writers are very skilled and are able to protect their nasties. Updating an infected system's OS is unlikely to remove any malware in residence.

      So, my advice, if you have reason to believe you have an infected system (and there seems to be some evidence you have) would be to go to a specialist forum for malware removal advice and get specialist help there. You will find there are people with detailed knowledge of detection and removal techniques, far ahead of what you are likely to find on this forum. If you had a Windows machine then I could point you to one or two relevant forums but I have no knowledge of Macs. I'm sure a quick Google will throw some results up for you which you can follow.

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      Thank you once again for your assistance, appreciated. I will search out a Mac forum. I did try to wipe my computer by using the original discs that came with it, but the computer is 4 years old and for some reason the computer won't accept the original discs, well out of date I suppose.

      At least my Paypal account hasn't been compromised. I don't bank online, and don't keep anything personal on my computer.

      I won't be buying another Mac, this is not the first Mac I have had problems with. I do have a laptop, but as back up. I was fed up taking my Mac in for repair and being without a computer.

      Trouble is the laptop screen is so small in comparison to my Mac. Otherwise I'd just use the Mac for watching dvds, playing Pogo and having a flutter each week on the slot machines.

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      I've just had a brief search and can't find a Mac orientated malware detection/removal forum. Doesn't mean there isn't one, just not obvious. I guess traditionally (but it is changing) Macs are less prone to malware, aren't targeted by malware writers to the same extent and, sadly, denial from many Mac users that their system is even vulnerable.

      Reading back through your posts I suspect the porn redirect was a browser hijack, probably from a dodgy browser extension but the other stuff I'm not so sure.

      What you might try:

      • Ask on a general Mac support forum with help for getting your system back to a clean install OR
      • Research and chose two or three of the best Mac malware tools that have an active support forum. Run each and post the results to their respective forum for advice


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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      I found bit defender which is for Macs, and ran that sadly or not whether that's a good thing or not, it didn't pick up any nasties. Nor did Macscan.

      I don't keep cookies and use private windows on Safari now, I guess I will have to accept it otherwise I'll go crazy wondering what the problem is.

      I have the internet, so I guess I should be happy with that.

      The main concern was that I have stopped making money, and someone out there was key logging me or stealing my referrals to programs that I was promoting. I cannot stop them and I could die trying.

      So I have deleted every single program I use to make money, to pay the internet bill etc at least that will stop them! They won't be benefitting from all my hard work.. Time to accept that making money on line is not an option any more. I am housebound so I was using or trying to use my time effectively to make a bit of extra cash which I can't do outside.

      My Paypal account is safe...

      Thanks again for your assistance, I really appreciate the time and trouble you have gone to to help me.

      I should be thankful I have the internet and that I can at least play games.

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      Re: Hidden Internet Server

      That's a real shame and it makes me really annoyed that you have been made to feel helpless in trying to deal with the problems caused by the perpetrators. I wish I could help but lack of Mac knowledge and the difficulties of remote diagnostics means I can only offer general advice.

      I suppose one way to start fresh with a guaranteed clean system might be to sell your Mac and buy a new PC with the proceeds? Macs tend to have a pretty good resale value and PCs are pretty cheap these days.

     

     
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