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Windows 7: Unknown IP camera keeps showing up in my network, cant get rid of it.

24 May 2014   #1
davucini

Windows 7, home premium, 64bit
 
 
Unknown IP camera keeps showing up in my network, cant get rid of it.

Hi,

I am having an issue with an unknown camera showing up in my network, and its making me kind of paranoid

So I have 3 pcs in my house, all running windows 7 home premium 64bit, they are connected to my netgear r7000 router, which is connected to my verizon fios ONT. 2 are connected directly with Ethernet cables, one is connected with Wifi.

So on all 3 computer when I go to "network" a camera shows up on the network. The problem is that it is not my camera, sometimes if I refresh the "network" the camera will go away, but later it will show up again. I tried to do research on the camera and there is almost nothing about the it. The model number does show up as a camera used by ADT security, but I never ever have had ADT security.

I did all the regular stuff, reset comps/routers/internet, restore everything to default, upgrade firmware, etc but nothing helped. I thought if I could block this camera on my router side it would go away. I right clicked the camera and went to properties to get the mac address. Then I blocked the mac address in my router settings. But it still shows up in my "network" page. When I log into the router settings (192.168.1.1), there is no camera shown as a connected device. Also when I look at properties for the camera there is no ip address for it. So this is making me a bit paranoid. I am pretty tech savvy and I have searched Google extensively for solutions but this has me stumped. If anyone can help I would be grateful.

I have 2 screenshots to help explain my situation.






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24 May 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I would do a scan for malware and spyware and adware using the following links; download, install, and run the spyware and malware and adware programs:

Downloading AdwCleaner

SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloading File

https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/

Try these programs and see if it finds anything and gets rid of it for ya. If not; post back here and we can go from there.
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25 May 2014   #3
davucini

Windows 7, home premium, 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
I would do a scan for malware and spyware and adware using the following links; download, install, and run the spyware and malware and adware programs:

Downloading AdwCleaner

SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloading File

https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/

Try these programs and see if it finds anything and gets rid of it for ya. If not; post back here and we can go from there.

Hi Matt, thanks for responding

I had previously malwarebytes scans on all computers and nothing showed up. I even went as far as complete clean re-install of windows 7 on a new hard drive for one of my wired PCs and the camera still showed up.

Nevertheless I did install and scan will all the programs you mentioned and the only one to find anything was the ADWcleaner on one of the PCs, but it was just an aol toolbar hiding in a dormant browser I dont use anymore. The other 2 pcs were clean.

The camera still shows up.

If you have anymore suggestions I am eager and thankful to read them

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Did a little more digging, it seems this is an wifi camera, when i go to "add devices" thats what it lists as

here is a picture if it helps

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25 May 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #3

Quote:
I had previously malwarebytes scans on all computers and nothing showed up. I even went as far as complete clean re-install of windows 7 on a new hard drive for one of my wired PCs and the camera still showed up.
This does not add up. (Clean re-install of Windows 7)

We are missing some information.

Are these computers in a domain/network?
Are any of these computers a laptop with a built in camera?
Was the computer you did a clean re-install hooked to the network at the time of the install?
A clean install of Windows 7 does not install cameras.

How did you do a clean re-install?
Did you do it like one of these tutorial. If so which one.

By Brink:
Clean Install Windows 7


By Bare Foot Kid:
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key


By Gregrocker:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Could you post the System Specs of the troubled computer?


System Info - See Your System Specs
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25 May 2014   #5
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I get something very similar, in my case it's called a Phone but its Properties reveal it as a Nexus 4 tablet. It does not show in my router as a connected client and it has no IP. I believe it's probably located next door as there are no Nexus tablets here. It disappears off the network map after a short while but usually reappears if I refresh it. It used to be a concern but I no longer worry about it as without an IP it can't access my internet connection nor, more importantly, my home network.

EDIT - it's now disappeared so I guess that whoever was using it has turned it off, which happens a lot. Perhaps the camera you are seeing is a security camera on a nearby property. If so that would always be on.


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25 May 2014   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I have phones and other devices show up here all the time. They come and go. Windows picks up all kinds of wireless devices on different networks, even when they aren't connected to your own network.

This is typical Windows behavior and it doesn't mean you are being spied on or that you have malware.
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25 May 2014   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Chev65 I need help here to understand.
I don't use wifi anything.

I'm I correct that when installing Windows 7 is does not install wifi?
One has to do that after the install is completed if one wants wifi.

So after a re-install how does one pickup wifi hardware until they install wifi on that computer?

I could be learning along with davucini.
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25 May 2014   #8
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Chev65 I need help here to understand.
I don't use wifi anything.

I'm I correct that when installing Windows 7 is does not install wifi?
One has to do that after the install is completed if one wants wifi.

So after a re-install how does one pickup wifi hardware until they install wifi on that computer?

I could be learning along with davucini.
I believe it's picking up wireless devices that the router see's through the wireless radio then assumes they are part of the local network and so places them under devices.

This problem has come up multiple times and there never seems to a virus associated with the problem.
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25 May 2014   #9
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Turn off universal plug and play in your router settings. Poof gone. Problem should then be solved.

Universal Plug and Play - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Windows will show these devices in your network folder when the device is available to be used, or available to be installed on the system.

From your screenshot though, you have network discovery turned off. Which makes my above point irrelevant. (I still always recommend disabling UP&P on your router for security reasons.) With that turned off, windows will not show any devices it discovered on the network.

This means the following must be true:

-The device is not part of your network
-The device may or may not be a camera. It might for example be another device wrongly flagged as a camera.
-Since network discovery is off, it is something attached to your pc or avalible with something like bluetooth that does not deal with your actual network.


It may be a bluetooth device, such as a phone or wireless memory card, being detected as a camera. The window you show in the second screenshot is where windows uses all wireless means and wired means to search for new devices to install. It could be a neighbors wireless camera it is detecting by bluetooth or infrared.

Do all the pcs have bluetooth or are wireless in some way? You have a couple media tuners, it could be one of them.

What happens when you right click on it and choose view device webpage vs properties?
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25 May 2014   #10
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I have phones and other devices show up here all the time. They come and go. Windows picks up all kinds of wireless devices on different networks, even when they aren't connected to your own network.

This is typical Windows behavior and it doesn't mean you are being spied on or that you have malware.
I believe I'm inclined to agree with chev here. Windows does have
It's peculiarities on plenty of occasions. More than I would like to say lol. So yea it's probably nothing. Like one of the others mentioned as long as their is no IP address attached to it i wouldn't worry about it. Just
My .02 here.
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