NetBus: The Ultimate Remote Administration and Spy Tool for Windows
FULL NetBus (Hacking Software)
Have you ever wondered if someone can remotely control your computer without your knowledge or consent? Have you ever heard of a software program that can do that and more? If you have, then you might be familiar with NetBus, a hacking software that was created in 1998 and has been very controversial for its potential of being used as a trojan horse. In this article, we will explain what NetBus is, what it can do, and how you can protect yourself from it.
FULL NetBus (Hacking Software)
What is NetBus?
NetBus is a software program that can be used to remotely control a Microsoft Windows computer system over a network. It was created in 1998 by Carl-Fredrik Neikter, a Swedish programmer who claimed that the program was meant to be used for pranks, not for illegally breaking into computer systems. However, NetBus has been notoriously abused for various malicious purposes, such as planting child pornography, stealing personal information, spying on users, or damaging their files or hardware.
The history and purpose of NetBus
NetBus was written in Delphi by Carl-Fredrik Neikter in March 1998. He said that he was inspired by a TV show called "Operation: Sting" where a hacker used a similar program to prank his friends. He also said that he wanted to create a tool that could be used for remote system administration or technical support. He named the program "NetPrank" in Swedish, but it was later translated to "NetBus" in English.
Neikter released the first version of NetBus (v1.0) on his website for free download. He also posted the source code and documentation for anyone who wanted to modify or improve the program. He later released several updates and improvements, such as adding encryption, password protection, file compression, and more features. The last version he released was v1.70 in December 1998.
Neikter also created a commercial version of NetBus called "NetBus Pro" (v2.0) which he sold for $25. He claimed that this version was more secure, stable, and powerful than the free version. He also said that this version had a legitimate use for remote system administration or technical support. He offered a free trial version of NetBus Pro on his website for anyone who wanted to test it before buying it.
The components and structure of NetBus
NetBus consists of two components: a server and a client. The server must be installed and run on the computer that should be remotely controlled. It is an .exe file with a file size of almost 500 KB. The name and icon varied a lot from version to version. Common names were "Patch.exe" and "SysEdit.exe". When started for the first time, the server would install itself on the host computer, including modifying the Windows registry so that it starts automatically on each system startup. The server is a faceless process listening for connections on port 12345 (in some versions, the port number can be adjusted). Port 12346 is used for some tasks, as well as port 20034.
The client is a separate program presenting a graphical user interface that allowed the user to perform a number of activities on the remote computer. The client was designed to support the following operating system versions: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0. Netbus client (v1.70) works fine in Windows 2000 and in Windows XP as well.
NetBus works by establishing a connection between the server and the client over a network. The connection can be initiated by either the server or the client. The server can randomly locate the systems that have an active NetBus server installed on them. The client can also scan for active servers on a given IP range or domain name.
Once the connection is established, the client can send commands to the server and receive responses from it. The commands can be either textual or graphical. The textual commands are sent using a simple protocol that consists of a command code followed by optional parameters. The graphical commands are sent using a tunneling protocol that allows NetBus connections through a number of systems.
The compatibility and availability of NetBus
NetBus was designed to work on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows NT 4.0 operating systems. However, it can also work on newer versions of Windows such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 with some modifications or compatibility modes.
NetBus was widely available on the internet since its creation in 1998. It was distributed through various websites, forums, chat rooms, email attachments, or file-sharing networks. It was also included in some hacking toolkits or virus packages that contained other malicious programs.
What can NetBus do?
NetBus has a wide range of features that can be used for both legitimate and illegitimate purposes. Some of these features are:
The features and functions of NetBus
Keystroke logging: The client can capture all the keystrokes typed on the remote computer and save them in a file or display them on the screen.
Keystroke injection: The client can send keystrokes to the remote computer and make it execute commands or type text.
Screen capture: The client can take screenshots of the remote computer's desktop or active window and save them in a file or display them on the screen.
Program launching: The client can run any program on the remote computer with or without parameters.
File browsing: The client can browse through all the files and folders on the remote computer's hard drive and perform various operations such as copying, moving, deleting, renaming, or executing them.
How to manually delete NetBus entries in Windows registry?
The third step to detect and remove NetBus infection is to manually delete NetBus entries in Windows registry. The Windows registry is a database that stores various settings and options for the operating system and applications. However, it can also be used by malware to hide or run itself on the system. Therefore, it is important to check and clean the registry regularly.
To manually delete NetBus entries in Windows registry, you should:
Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys on your keyboard.
Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
Click File and then Export to create a backup of your registry. Save it in a safe location with a name you can remember.
Click Edit and then Find to search for NetBus related entries. You can use keywords such as NetBus, Patch.exe, SysEdit.exe, etc.
Delete any entry that matches your search criteria. Be careful not to delete any unrelated or legitimate entries.
Repeat the search until you find no more NetBus related entries.
Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
How to prevent NetBus infection?
NetBus infection can be prevented by using various methods. Some of these methods are:
How to update your operating system and antivirus software?
The first method to prevent NetBus infection is to update your operating system and antivirus software regularly. Updating your operating system can fix any security vulnerabilities or bugs that can be exploited by malware. Updating your antivirus software can provide you with the latest protection against new or emerging threats.
To update your operating system and antivirus software, you should:
Open the Settings app by clicking the Start button and then the gear icon.
Click Update & Security and then Windows Update.
Click Check for updates and wait for the process to complete.
If there are any available updates, click Download and install them.
Restart your computer if prompted.
Open your antivirus software and check for any updates or new definitions.
Download and install them if available.
Run a full scan of your system with your antivirus software.
How to avoid opening suspicious attachments or links?
The second method to prevent NetBus infection is to avoid opening suspicious attachments or links that can contain malware. Malware can be disguised as legitimate files or websites that can trick you into downloading or running them. Therefore, you should be careful about what you open or click on online.
To avoid opening suspicious attachments or links, you should:
Do not open any email attachments or links from unknown or untrusted senders.
Do not open any email attachments or links that have vague or misleading subject lines or messages.
Do not open any email attachments or links that have unusual file extensions or names.
Do not open any email attachments or links that ask you to enable macros or scripts.
Do not open any email attachments or links that claim to be urgent or important without verifying their authenticity.
Do not open any email attachments or links that offer free downloads, prizes, rewards, or deals that sound too good to be true.
How to use firewall and VPN services?
The third method to prevent NetBus infection is to use firewall and VPN services that can block or encrypt your network traffic. A firewall is a software or hardware device that can filter incoming and outgoing network traffic based on certain rules or criteria. A VPN is a service that can create a secure and private connection between your device and another network over the internet. Both firewall and VPN services can prevent unauthorized access or interception of your network traffic by malware or hackers.
To use firewall and VPN services, you should:
Enable the built-in firewall on your operating system by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Firewall & network protection.
Select your network profile and turn on the firewall option.
You can also customize the firewall settings by clicking Allow an app through firewall or Advanced settings.
Choose a reputable VPN service provider that offers reliable and secure features such as encryption, no-logs policy, kill switch, etc.
Launch the VPN app and connect to a server of your choice.
Enjoy a secure and private browsing experience.
NetBus is a hacking software that can be used to remotely control a Windows computer over a network. It was created in 1998 by a Swedish programmer who claimed that it was meant for pranks, not for malicious purposes. However, NetBus has been widely abused by hackers and cybercriminals who used it to spy on, steal from, or damage their victims' computers.
NetBus can be detected and removed by using various tools and methods, such as malware or spyware removal programs, or manual registry editing. However, prevention is always better than cure, so it is advisable to take some precautions to avoid NetBus infection, such as updating your operating system and antivirus software, avoiding suspicious attachments or links, and using firewall and VPN services.
We hope that this article has helped you understand what NetBus is, what it can do, and how you can protect yourself from it. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them below.
Here are some frequently asked questions about NetBus hacking software:
Q: Is NetBus still active today?
A: NetBus is considered to be an old and outdated hacking software that has been replaced by more advanced and sophisticated tools. However, it is still possible that some hackers or pranksters may use NetBus to target unsuspecting users who have not updated their systems or security measures.
Q: How can I tell if my computer is infected by NetBus?
A: Some signs that your computer may be infected by NetBus are: your computer behaves strangely or slowly, your CD-ROM drive opens or closes randomly, your mouse pointer moves by itself, your keyboard types by itself, your screen displays unusual images or messages, your files or folders are missing or modified, your antivirus software is disabled or deleted.
Q: How can I get rid of NetBus?
A: You can get rid of NetBus by using malware or spyware removal tools that can scan your computer for any traces of NetBus server or client programs. You can also manually delete NetBus entries in Windows registry by using the Registry Editor. However, you should be careful not to delete any unrelated or legitimate entries.
Q: How can I prevent NetBus infection?
A: You can prevent NetBus infection by updating your operating system and antivirus software regularly, avoiding opening suspicious attachments or links that can contain malware, and using firewall and VPN services that can block or encrypt your network traffic.
Q: What are some alternatives to NetBus?
A: Some alternatives to NetBus are: Back Orifice, SubSeven, ProRat, DarkComet, TeamViewer, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), etc.