my pc on windows 10 is woken up randomly usually at night. Source: network adapter through Magic Packet. I did disable that option but I'm worrying if it can mean that somebody/something is trying to access my computer from the network for whatever reason. Is it normal behavior or I have to be careful and watch for some hack attacks or whatever it is that has bad intention.


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    Do you have port forwardings set up? They can be used to receive a Magic Packet over the Internet. If you don’t, some device inside your local network is the culprit. – Daniel B Jul 22 '17 at 17:50

I'd try disabling Wake-on-LAN. It's possible that something is malfunctioning, and it's probably nothing to worry about. But at the same time, what's the point of having it active on a personal PC?

Guide to enable/disable... in brief: load Device Manager > expand Network Adapters > Double-click the ethernet device > select Advanced tab > under Property select Wake on Magic Packet > change the Value to Disabled.

  • Thanks for the reply David. It was active by default I suppose. I deactivated it but I was just wondering what kind of data my PC was receiving that it made it wake up and if it still does during my normal use of computer. – mike Jul 22 '17 at 18:02
  • I would be inclined to at least add a précis of the linked instructions - otherwise if the link disappears, this answer becomes void. – Tetsujin Jul 22 '17 at 19:34
  • Good call Tetsujin. You're right, Mike, it's active by default. Sorry I guess my answer missed the point a bit - it would be good to see some more insightful suggestions about what exactly could be going on, I'd be very interested. – David Jul 23 '17 at 9:32

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