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I just happened to Google up “HPEF9172” and found that it could be your network printer that is showing up in your network map. Since the network printers also have an NIC card they take up one IP address in the network. This could be the possible reason why you might be getting this message, technically in your network map you should be able to view three computers.
Interesting. I tried Google before I asked the question, and just tried again. The only real hit, after several advanced and varied searches, was this thread in this forum.
Assuming we are talking to the same Google, can you tell me what your search string was - I'd like to read the information, and I'm sure others would too.
My HP Color LaserJet CP1518 PCL 6 also shows as an intruder
When you get the warning from McAfee, it should give you an IP address for "the intruder"
Go to Printer properties, Ports, Configure Port
The IP address of the Printer will match the IP address of the "Intruder"
Indeed, the IP address of the 'intruder' matches the networked printer IP. I've marked it as a friend now.
I'm surprised that, apparently, no one from McAfee had heard of this happening before or had a clue what was causing it. I would have thought it would be a common problem that might concern those who are told an intruder has logged on. Or maybe everyone just follows their stock answer: Reinstall McAfee. Perhaps they don't really monitor this forum?
Anyway, thanks again for the excellent response aquarius.
Just realized an odd thing. We have 5 computers, 3 are Vista Laptops, they hook up wireless, the desktops are XP and "wire connected", all to the same router.
The computers running Window XP and wired to the router automatically marked the printer as Friend.
The computers running Vista and connecting wirelessly automatically marked it as Intruder.
Same versions of McAfee Firewall running on both computers, but one difference in the "About" listing
XP AffId 636
Vista AffId 0
I don't know what an AffId is, so no idea if that has anything to do with it.
Or if it's a XP vs. Vista thing ? Or a wireless thing ?
Is your computer connected wireless or wired ?
Sorry for the late reply.
Both computers and printer are wired (not wireless).