We use Windows for a reason. It’s hard for computer professionals to admit it, but the a GUI and the functionality behind an app, even a small one, can be really helpful. Sometimes there just isn’t enough functionality in a command prompt or console. So when little apps come along that make our lives a bit easier, it’s important to give them some recognition.
CurrPorts is a little executable for Windows computers that helps us out. CurrPorts will give you a table showing all the information you need to know about your ports. This can be really helpful during vulnerability checks, checking to see whether or not an app is properly connecting from machine to machine, or just seeing how things are doing on the network.
We’re all familiar with netstat commands. But being able to report on your findings is made far easier in CurrPorts. An example of a computer of mine is below. You can see I have F-Secure installed:
Here’s what NirSoft has to say about their free product:
CurrPorts is network monitoring software that displays the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer. For each port in the list, information about the process that opened the port is also displayed, including the process name, full path of the process, version information of the process (product name, file description, and so on), the time that the process was created, and the user that created it. In addition, CurrPorts allows you to close unwanted TCP connections, kill the process that opened the ports, and save the TCP/UDP ports information to HTML file , XML file, or to tab-delimited text file. CurrPorts also automatically mark with pink color suspicious TCP/UDP ports owned by unidentified applications (Applications without version information and icons)