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Are there netcat-like tools for Windows which are not quarantined as malware? [closed]

Are there netcat-like tools for Windows which are not quarantined as malware? [closed]

I used to use netcat for Windows to help track down network connectivity issues. However these days my anti-virus software (Symantec - but I understand others display similar behaviour) quarantines netcat.exe as malware.

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Guest [Entry]

"The quick answer here is to use the built in Telnet program from the CMD command line.

the command is...

telnet hostname.domain.com 80

The above example will connect you to the hostname on port 80. you can use it on just about any port you need to check out. This is extremely handy for troubleshooting SMTP and ESMTP issues."
Guest [Entry]

"You can download Ncat - Netcat for the 21st Century.
It seems to be a modern version of NCat, it is actively supported, and, most important, it had a 0/48 detection ratio at VirusTotal.

Portable version or from NMap Windows installer - disable anything else from the install wizard:"
Guest [Entry]

"Even if it seems otherwise, Wireshark is easy to use. You can setup it easily to listen to a specific port.

Another tool is nmap which again, I find easy to use. It will tell you much about open ports on a remote machine, so you can use it troubleshoot connectivity issues. Just nmap www.google.com from command line, or from included gui interface.

Just give them a try."
Guest [Entry]

There is now also separate 'ncat' static build available at http://nmapdotorg/dist/ncat-portable-5.59BETA1.zip