6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2006 7:13 PM by Thomas Akers
Alex Lins Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
After browsing and doing several regular thing in my mac. Some sharing preferences turned on and i can't turn them off (Widows sharing, Remote Login, FTP Access, Remote Apple events).

It sounds a bit suspicious for me. And i hope it's not some kind of virus. It doesn't sound like the one people talked about this week.

Any one have any thoughts on it ? Any one having the same problem ?


Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,850 points)
    Hello Alex:

    Welcome to Apple discussions.

    That is strange indeed. I assume the lock on the sharing panel is off when you try to change them. As an aside, there are no documented viruses that affect a Mac running OS X. I never say never, but that is the case at this point.

    I would trash the preference file (com.apple.sharing.firewall.plist), restart your computer, set the sharing where you want it, and click the lock to prevent changes.

  • Alex Lins Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Did as you said but still no luck, can't turn the sharing prefs off. I have no idea what it might be.

    Well thanks a lot for the reply and help. Will try to look for some answear. Apparently a user had the same problem some time ago. But he didnt get a answear before his/her thread got archived.
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,850 points)
    Hello Alex:

    I will see if others more technical than I can help you.

  • ali brown Level 7 Level 7 (26,465 points)
    Hi Alex!

    When you open System Preferences > Sharing > Services

    As Barry asked, is the Padlock, in the lower left corner, open?
    If it is not, click on it to open. Enter the Admin info, if asked.

    Click on each of the options that are enabled.
    Then click on Stop.

    If they are successfully stopped, click on the Padlock again to Lock the Preference.

    Good Luck!

    ali b
  • Alex Lins Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes. It's open. Unfortunelly it's not the problem.

    But thanks a lot.

    When i have a chance i will probably just tranfer my information to a new user and see what happens. From what i could see it won't affect a different user.

  • Thomas Akers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have exactly the same problem. I can turn File Sharing on and off but I can turn off any of the following... Windows sharing, Remote Login, FTP Access or Remote Apple events. The either don't respond at all when the STop button is clicked (and yes, the padlock is unlocked) or the looking like the service is being turned off but they just hang (SSH does this)

    I'm very worried about this.