SoftPerfect Network Scanner v6.2.1

billon on 2 Dec 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Oct 2016
  • Suggested by NewKreation

SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a feature-rich, multi-threaded network scanner to find and identify network resources. Includes IP, NetBIOS and SNMP, can ping computers, scans for listening TCP ports, and shows what types of resources are shared (including system and hidden). In addition, it allows you to mount shared resources as network drives, browse them using Windows Explorer, filter the results list and more.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

NOTE: latest versions of this program has gone commercial; linking to last available freeware version (thanks UserFriendly).

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Select either 32-bit or 64-bit folder (depending on your OS)
  3. Launch the program by using "netscan.exe /ini" or "netscan.exe /xml"
Similar/alternative apps: NetBScanner
What's new? Added:
  • Passing PowerShell scripts as Base64 to wrap DOS-unfriendly symbols.
  • New expressions "Less than" and "Greater than" to the filter conditions.
  • Conditional column highlighting if a row value meets a specific criterion.
  • A list of disregarded account names in User and Group Membership queries.

24 comments on SoftPerfect Network Scanner  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Webfork 2007-06-11 13:37

For users or admins that are on a network and want to see what's available. Since many network services are made invisible behind firewalls, you often need specific IP addresses -- Network Scan helps you find them.

Beginning users: Select Options - Auto Detect Local IP Range, and select the network adapter that's connected to your network. Then click Start Scanning in the main window to get a quick idea if the program will be useful or not.

Roland 2008-05-23 09:34

I'd be cautious using anything to do network discovery via pings. You don't want to "ping of death" your own network from the inside, after all. I've seen ping storms bring corporate networks to their knees.

paul 2008-10-22 11:06

In addition to using the option "/ini", you can also now use "/xml" to save settings in an xml file when running on a hard drive an if you do not want to store things in the registry.

The /xml is a much better option since if netscan is run from a removable USB drive, it writes settings to an xml file on the drive by default.

Mike 2009-03-02 11:12

This is the best network scanner I've ever used. I use it at work to see which IP addresses are in use.

oTHEr 2009-03-03 06:56

SCARY! A few notes:
Love the 'Auto-Detect', helps a Lot! Two NICs/Networks, Local (mine) and Building - Found both, scanned separately - Nice!
Very thorough, among my best 'Quick-and-Dirty' tools; Not a full 'Pen Test', but a Great Start!

Thanks for the '/xml' tip, @ paul!

It did NOT set off any of my Security! (have to look into that! 0.o)

SoftPerfect has several other Free Tools that look interesting, but I'm not sure about 'Portability'/Stealth...

Fred 2009-03-15 21:39

Wow, pretty damn nice!

Would be cool if it showed if admin shares (like c$ - admin share of C:\)

Imran 2009-05-31 21:46

Does it leave any trace on the host computer? while viewing the secret shared resources?

mranonymous 2010-09-28 07:56

OT _on: download does not work here, whatever browser settings changed, always only reloads
anybody any idea?

webfork 2010-09-28 16:59

mranonymous: works fine

Checker 2011-11-04 14:59

It's now a ZIP package with 32- and 64-bit version available.


webfork 2011-11-04 19:56

Not just for network admins, when your computer is hooked up to the network and nobody can seem to find them in "Network Neighborhood", this program often will. Use it frequently.


mukhi 2012-04-27 07:23

the file fails to download almost half the way.


I am Baas 2012-04-27 23:33

@mukhi Thank you. Link updated. Please re-download.


mukhi 2012-04-30 10:01

@I am Baas please someone help. this can't be downloaded either even after updated link. tried in IE/FF/gchrome. any mirror possible?
NOTE: the same issue with SIW. for SIW. the download does not even start.


webfork 2012-05-18 00:54

mukhi: download works fine from my side. Can also be downloaded from softpedia.


thepiney 2012-05-18 21:47

@ mukhi - Could your AV or FW program be blocking the download or the download site? Have you been able to download other files with no issue?


DzejPy 2014-03-10 22:00


webfork 2014-03-17 01:35

DzejPy: verified. However, if you just click "Ok got it" in that image, it goes away and doesn't come back. Think we can let the adware notice slide for the moment.


bro 2015-04-20 12:23

Use .xml config instead of .ini.

I was using v5.4.8 with netscan.ini config file. The v6.0.5 ignored the netscan.ini and created netscan.xml in C:\Users\\Documents folder. Switches /xml or /ini did not help. I had to copy netscan.xml from Documents to the folder where netscan.exe was, to make the settings portable (window title should have "[PORTABLE MODE]" appended to it).


MeganEN 2015-07-01 11:18

Create a file in the same folder netscan.xml UTF-8 (without BOM):


smaragdus 2015-07-02 22:53

@bro & @MeganEN
Thank you for the great tip, it works!


smaragdus 2015-07-20 07:17

SoftPerfect Network Scanner 6.0.7 has been released, changes:
2015-07-19 - 6.0.7
· Added an option to allow ARP outside current subnet.
· Added adapter name in the auto detection dialog.
· Added official Windows 10 support.


Checker 2015-07-20 18:38

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)


giulia 2016-12-02 11:13

is not free anymore :(


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