Stealth Mode can silently auto-enable in a home LAN

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This is a public service announcement since I solved the problem.

Stealth Mode can silently auto-enable on your home network if you change a Windows PC from ethernet to wifi.

We had a Windows machine within our home network that had to be physically moved. As a result we had to change from an ethernet connection to wifi. On ethernet the machine had always been set to private network and was easily accessed. After the move to wifi I confirmed that it was still set to private network and could still be accessed.

About a week later it could no longer be accessed and would not even respond to pings.

I stared at the network settings and it still said the machine was on a private network. All network settings appeared unchanged. It should have been working.

Among many things I tried, I disabled the Bitdefender firewall, and suddenly pings worked again. That caused me to check and, to my surprise, Stealth Mode was on for wifi, but off for ethernet.

So I disabled stealth mode, turned the firewall back on, and all was well. I can only assume that the machine thought it was in McDonalds on a public wifi, even though the Windows network type was set to private.

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  • Alexandru_BD
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    Hello @GaryCorby and thanks for sharing your findings with us.

    Adapter trust level (public, office, etc.) and adapter stealth (that network discovery) are calculated based on the settings in the policy.

    The values are recalculated at each service start and each time a change of adapters is detected by the driver.

    To be able to concretely answer the question "why is it on public now?" (or any related questions) a Support Tool with full logs with the firewall scenario is required. The log will reveal exactly which adapters we detected and how that level is calculated for each one.

    Regards

    Premium Security & Bitdefender Endpoint Security Tools user