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Windows 7: "invited" to join a HomeGroup with no option to turn them down

01 Jun 2010   #1
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
"invited" to join a HomeGroup with no option to turn them down

Brink,

I really need your help. The last few times that I have booted up I have been "invited" to join a Hone Group with no option to turn them down. Now, via Control Panel I find that I am in at least one home group and that I cannot forbid them to read my files if I don't know their password. I don't know the password or who these people are.

I also seem to have no way to quit the Home Group.

This makes me more unhappy that you can believe. I'm using 64-bit Home Premium. Can you help me?

Gerry


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01 Jun 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Click on the Homegroup then click on "Leave Homegroup". BTW, the only way you would have joined a Homegroup is by entering in the password, it is not automatic.
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01 Jun 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

In addition to leaving the homegroup, disable your wireless and delete your wireless profile. Then turn on wireless and connect as if it were a new connection.

Also if you dont want to use the Homegroup feature at all, type services.msc in RUN or Startmenu Searchbox and press Enter. It'll open "Services" window. Here look for the services called HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider. Once you find them, double-click on each and change the "Startup type" to Disabled. Apply the changes and exit from Services window.

Scan your computer for malware using an app like free Malwarebytes.
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01 Jun 2010   #4
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also, make sure that you network is set to be a work network:
  1. Right-click the network icon in the bottom right cornet of your screen (by the clock)
  2. Click "Open Network and sharing center"
  3. In the "View you active networks" section, click "Home network" (This is the blue text next to the icon)
  4. Select "Work Network"
That should prevent any further use of the Home Group facility
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01 Jun 2010   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GerryR View Post
Brink,

I really need your help. The last few times that I have booted up I have been "invited" to join a Hone Group with no option to turn them down. Now, via Control Panel I find that I am in at least one home group and that I cannot forbid them to read my files if I don't know their password. I don't know the password or who these people are.

I also seem to have no way to quit the Home Group.

This makes me more unhappy that you can believe. I'm using 64-bit Home Premium. Can you help me?

Gerry
Fast easy workaround. Create new connection using workgroup instead of homegroup. When it is working to your satisfaction you can disable IPv6 and kill homegroup.
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01 Jun 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Gerry,

You should be able to Leave the Homegroup though.

If you suspect foul play, you can also temporarily disable the HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider services as well as IPv6 to disable HomeGroup until you find out what Windows 7 computer on your network is sending you the homegroup invitation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Jun 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

And while you are at it, run a malware scan with free Malwarebytes.
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01 Jun 2010   #8
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GerryR View Post
Brink,

I really need your help. The last few times that I have booted up I have been "invited" to join a Hone Group with no option to turn them down. Now, via Control Panel I find that I am in at least one home group and that I cannot forbid them to read my files if I don't know their password. I don't know the password or who these people are.

I also seem to have no way to quit the Home Group.

This makes me more unhappy that you can believe. I'm using 64-bit Home Premium. Can you help me?

Gerry
Rather than repeat myself over and over again you can just follow the link below which shows you how to fix the "can't leave Homegroup problem". It's very easy to fix this one.

Homegroup Not Working
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01 Jun 2010   #9
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I appreciate everything that you're trying to do for me, but this is out of my league. IPv6 I have tried to read about it but there is a lack of comprehension.

Somehow this seems to have changed into a WorkGroup. This is what I have been getting when I boot up.

"invited" to join a HomeGroup with no option to turn them down-unknown-workgroup.jpg




This may be because I keep checking "Work".


Thanks Bill2, but I have run the full version of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware


Thanks Brink, I had no idea where to post this.


Wrong again, now I belong to both a workgroup and a homegroup. Since I unchecked all of my libraries the homegroup has no access to my files - at least that's what I have ascertained by reading through my options. Or is just belonging to an unknown homegroup dangerous? I only have one computer using Windows 7 (my desktop). My only books discuss homegroups as if they are within the same house. My laptop uses XP Pro.


There's a predicted line of thunderstorms just starting to come through. My laptop battery is low and it doesn't have Windows 7.


I'll get back when the storms are through.


Thank you everybody,


Gerry


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01 Jun 2010   #10
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Uninstalling pctools is the best advice I can give you at this point. I actually know the guy who owns that company but I still don't trust those types of programs.

Those third party networking programs cause nothing but problems from what I can tell.

I'm not sure why you wouldn't mention this in your first post? It's next too impossible to solve networking problems without knowing all the variables.
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