The Network Devices Scanner under the Inform > Network section in the Malwarebytes Toolset allows users to quickly discover local network devices like routers, printers, computers, media streaming devices, mobile devices, game consoles, and more. Device discovery uses the following methods and protocols:
- ARP Cache
- DNS Resolution
- Selected Port/Service scanning
- Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP)
- Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
- Web Services on Devices (WSD)
- Windows Connect Now (WCN)
Discovered devices are sorted by IP address into three categories:
- Gateway: The network device, usually a router or access point, that is serving you network and internet access.
- Local Device: The device you are currently running the Network Devices scanner from.
- Network Devices: Other network devices connected to the same network as the Local Device.
For discovered devices, the Network Devices scanner provides the following capabilities:
- Detailed technical information (e.g. IP address, MAC Address, Host Name, UPnP/WSD/WCN details, etc.) in the right-hand details pane.
- Configure a network device by navigating to its web GUI (on supported devices only)
- The device must use a SSDP/UPnP/WCN/WSD domain URL
- Ping a device
- Export results to the clipboard, text file, or CSV
- Right-click context menu with the following functionality:
- Copy to clipboard
Open in default web browser (for URL based content)
Search the internet for…
- Edit Cell (for Device Name, Manufacturer, MAC Address and Device Type only)
The Network Devices Scanner can only be run from a network connected device running Windows 7 SP1 or higher with .NET Framework 4.5+ installed. For the most accurate results, ensure the Network Type is set to Private and that the Network Discovery service is enabled.
Performing a scan with the Network Devices Scanner
- Launch the Malwarebytes Toolset.
- Go to the Inform component and click on the Network category.
- Under the Network Discovery > Network Devices section, click the Start Scan link.