Some device is being shown under Shared section on my MacBook. I don't remember setting up any such device at all.

Shared device

How do I remove this device, once and for all? Note that I am not sharing any folder, etc. Also, right clicking, etc. does not reveal any options.

  • Seems that this computer is on your network. You can hide this from Finder Preferences. You cannot remove it.
    – Pratik
    May 15, 2018 at 6:21

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The device you see under Shared section in Finder sidebar is not the computer you setup. In your case, that's a Windows computer with some form of sharing enabled.

If you do not access resources available in your local Network this way, you can choose to remove the Shared section from the Finder sidebar. Just open Finder Preferences, go to Sidebar tab and uncheck all the items shown under Shared section.

  • Well, how did you find out that it was a Windows device? And secondly, how do I ensure that I am not sharing anything with it? I remember I haven't setup any sharing myself, but I would like to double check once if anything is being shared, just for security reasons. Any way to check that?
    – J. Doe
    May 15, 2018 at 16:37
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    It's a prank. macOS shows the icon representing shared Windows PC as 14" CRT with Blue Screen of Death. To ensure that you are not sharing anything, check System Preferences → Sharing. forums.macrumors.com/threads/…
    – Nimesh Neema
    May 16, 2018 at 7:25
  • I don't think it's necessarily a Windows device, just a device using network protocols usually used by Windows computers. It could be a printer, NAS or other networked gadget.
    – nekomatic
    May 18, 2018 at 16:04

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