Recommended program: Active Ports (freeware)

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  1. Butters

    Butters Registered Member

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    Just want to pass along some information regarding a nice port monitor for Windows (XP, 2000, NT) called Active Ports that is also freeware. It identifies the process associated with each established connection and open port, and provides the path of the process, local and remote addresses and IP's. Allows you to query the source of a connection. Great if you have concerns about a possible trojan. It also provides lists of known trojan ports. Small (roughly 800k), simple, free, and nicely done.

    http://www.protect-me.com/freeware.html

    (I have no association with the developers).
     
  2. kareldjag

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    Hi,



    It's sometimes better to make a search on this forum about a soft ...
    ActivePorts and many others are wellknown (CurrPorts, Foundstone's tools, TCPView and so on).

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=23824&highlight=ActivePorts

    I've already make the same mistake.
    That's because we're not on a newbies' forum:which is really new is often unfrequent.
    In any case, thanks for the post.

    Regards
     
  3. Butters

    Butters Registered Member

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    Actually, I did. I searched for "Active Ports" (two words) which is the correct name of the program. I didn't find anything to indicate that the information wouldn't be useful to someone.
     
  4. greatstarts

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    Yeah, but is Active Ports better than TCPview? It seems like it might be, in some respects. Anyone have an opinion on whether it is or not?
     
  5. kareldjag

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    Hi,

    An example of a direct link in order to download Active Ports on Znet:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=63981

    TcpView or Active Ports?
    They're both good utilities.

    For more features and efficiency, it's better to use a specialized network's soft (free or paid).

    Regards
     
  6. Infinity

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    but very newbie friendly and the most helpful people here :)

    these are all good programs.

    if you want to pay but you get the best try Port Explorer, a dedicated team and exquisit reputation. (Diamondcs)


    Inf.
     
  7. Firefoxguy

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    We not's a newbie forum? I'm certain we are not a advanced security expert forum either. So what's left? :)
     
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    Wouldn't YOU like to know?
    A couple of wiseguys wisecracking about $20,000 systems being kept secure by a bunch of monkeys and $2.5 worth of licensed "shareware"
     
  9. Infinity

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    Yes, you heard it tooo_Oo_O

    I am positive it is one of my friends but he won't say a thing. all I hear is some grumping and yelling :eek:

    ;)
     
  10. Butters

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    Here's the opinion of said noob: If 'free' is a prerequisite and you are using Win98, ME or even 95, get TCPview since Active Ports doesn't run on those platforms. However, if you are using 2000, NT or XP, I think Active Ports might be better. It allows you to directly query (reverse dns) the remote IP. I don't believe that TCPview (screenshot: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/tcpview.shtml) gives you that option.

    Active Ports provides process path and name lookup in a very simple package, which I see as an advantage. You can also terminate a connection. Here (http://www.webattack.com/screenshots/activeports.htm) you can't see all of the information, since you have to use the scroll bar, but the process path is provided if you scroll right.

    If you are willing to pay for it, Port Explorer does look like a very nice program. Sent and received packets, and packet sniffing are nice features. http://www.diamondcs.com.au/portexplorer/web/bigscreens.php?screen=Main Display 1
     
  11. Jimbob1989

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    I didn't think Active Ports looked as proffessional as port explorer.

    Jimbob
     
  12. kareldjag

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    Hi,

    According to me, questions like "ProductA Vs/is it better than ProductB" are not the most important.
    Do i really need it? Is it efficient? is it the right price for theses features?Is it to advanced for me? ...

    For an isolated PC with a no risky behaviour, A free tool like TcpView is sufficient.
    (...........)

    To complete the choice (only free):

    ***Netstat (Windows)
    With a graphic's interface:

    http://www.ipworx.com/product/netstat/index.shtml

    ***of the same kind:Xploiter Stat Lite:
    http://www.xploiter.com/tambu/totostat.shtm

    ***Foudstone's tools (like Fports): http://www.foundstone.com

    ***Micro Net Utilities: http://www.micronline.com/software/MNU/GB/index.htm

    ***CurrPorts: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

    ***XP Netsats Bar (a tool bar with TCP/ ports/apllications/Monitoring:
    http://mizotec.netfirms.com/products/mizoxpnetstatsbar/index.htm

    ***Some net tolls with local ports scan features:

    *HoverIP: http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

    *PortMonster: http://www.portmonster.com/index.php

    ***For a deep inspection of connections (suspect...):

    PortPeeker: http://www.linklogger.com/portpeeker.htm

    . (......................)

    Regards
     
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