I've been having this problem for five days and counting.
McAfee Total Protection's "Home Network Defense" is behaving abnormally:
Known issue (reversing Ip addresses) will be fixed later on as determined it is a minor annoyance. Really when I saw it I thought the PC had been hacked as the reversed IP was fron China... Yes the names for the PCs seem to drop out even if you added them sometimes happens.
So what versions have you installed? Go to about and post the security centre and firewall versions.
Message was edited by: Peacekeeper on 22/06/11 3:57:47 PM
THIS IS NOT A MINOR ISSUE.
THIS IS NOT AN ANNOYANCE!
THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A WEAKNESS IN YOUR SOFTWARE. A KNOWN WEAKNESS YOU IGNORE!
IF THE SETTINGS SUCH AS COMPUTER NAMES AND IP ADDRESSES [WHICH SHOULD BE READ FROM THE CONNECTED COMPUTERS AND VERIFIED BY THE NETWORK APPLICATION] CAN BE MISREAD OR CHANGED OR ERRONEOUSLY REPORTED -- THE NETWORK APPLICATION ITSELF CAN BE COMPROMISED... AND IS OBVIOUSLY UNRELIABLE!
It was a firewall issue so it was moved to that area.
The reversed IP is a minor issue how can it not be? I feel the reversed iP is only in the GUI not the software so it is only cosmetic. I will confirm this next call in.
Re the notifications usually this means you have notification settings selected . Ie click of 1 of your PCs in My Home network you will see this setting at the bottom of the GUI
Cosmetic or not -- it's still a vulnerability!
And, it's not merely cosmetic: The Home Network Application is reacting in the same manner on each computer. Plus, I've received messages from websites while downloading files, "Your IP address has changed. Restart download."
BTW, you missed the point regarding the notifications. Yes, obviously, the application is set to notify me when a computer [friend or otherwise] is logged-on -- BUT THE DANG APPLICATION IS NOTIFYING ME TWICE FOR THE SAME COMPUTER IN THE SAME LOG-ON SESSION! I'm also getting double notices whenever a program is connecting or being blocked -- in face, with every notification instance, I get a double notice!
These minor annoyances call into question the software's integrity.
Ok will test the notification thingy over next couple days yes I missed the second notification comment. OK mine came up 2 times but I had not closed the popup did you?
Re the notification your Ip address was changed was this on the main PC or the network 1? I felt that this reversal changed back to correct 1 in a few minutes will monitor that as well. Hmm my wife's PC showed correct Ip address as I said will monitor and discuss with the techs Monday.
What are your firewall and security centre versions and whayt is your Operating system?
on 22/06/11 7:08:53 PM
OK further testing yes the IP did on 1 (my XP) PC reverse but the IP of the router is still normal. The IP that changed was a network 192.168.etc one. It changed back to correct way in 5 minutes after booting that PC and 2 minutes later reversed. I am trying to repro your issues here so I can confirm to the techs but the reversing IP is hard to see as affecting the router
OK I have a network I assume you do not check here
http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ and see if it sees your correct IP . Of course do not post it here.
Message was edited by: Peacekeeper on 22/06/11 8:09:07 PM
The IP issue: "Your IP address has changed. Restart download." occurred on my computer... and [I've now been informed] on the downstairs laptop.
The Home Network Application is inconsistent. Variously, it has reversed the IP address of each computer and printer connected to my network. Never has it reversed more than a single computer's address; however, it does seem to more often reverse the address of the oldest printer and the [Windows XP] computer than either of the [Windows 7] computers. Oh, and the newer printer, it has yet to even notice. Both printers have a wireless connection to the network and a direct connection to one [not the same] computer. The laptop downstairs is thus able to use either printer via a wireless connection.
I'm using Windows 7 on three [laptop] computers and Windows XP on one [desktop] computer.
All computers are using McAfee Total Protection 2011.
BTW, the Home Network Application has also variously 'forgotten' the names of the connected computers and printers. Most consistently, the printers and the desktop computer are recognized but unnamed.