By raju.reddy009 ·
A friend brought his computer to me to clean up and I found a problem that I cannot get rid of... not much info on the net of similar problems, so we will try here.

I can connect this laptop by ethernet with no problems. If I try to connect wirelessly, I only see one network "Free Public WiFi". As suspected, it is a computer to computer network. Interestingly however, this is the only network that shows up even if there are other ones available AND even more interesting, it even shows up in the wireless list when the wireless adapter is turned off.

This computer is running WinXP Home SP3. Although there was a lot of crap installed (limewire, blubber, etc...) I have now removed everything that is not standard and/or necessary... basically got rid of all those file sharing and ad-prone apps.

I have run Spy-Bot and Ad-Aware... nothing found. All windows updates are current. Unfortunately, I cannot find any drivers for the wireless adapter to reinstall in case there is a compatibility problem with SP3 or something else.

The computer's owner tries to connect to whatever network he can get on to at airports and public places... although he probably won't after the lecture I gave him, but regardless that is what he has done in the past.

Everything is working well on the PC now (no pop-ups, runs fast, boots up normally, etc...), but I still cannot get the wireless thing working properly. It almost looks like whatever windows app runs the wireless networking my have been replaced by a trojan app that appears to be the same file but really hijacks the system.

I have searched on the net, but nothing exactly like this shows up. Actually we don't have any purblic wi-fi in our office and i don't configure my wireless to work on ad-hoc mode also but why it is showing.

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Have you tried deleting the wireless listing ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Wi-Fi

If you delete the one and only wireless listing from the Wireless Networks page, it might just kick the signal scanner back into life.

Also check that this "Free Public WiFi" isn't categorised as the ONLY signal to work with (right click on it and see how it is set up).

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by seanferd In reply to Have you tried deleting t ...

Make sure that other wireless connections have not been disallowed.

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