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DNSQuerySniffer 1.81 (32-bit)

Display your PC's DNS queries in real time

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(0)
Operating Systems:
Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
License:
Freeware
Developer:
NirSoft
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Networking Tools
Date Updated:
20 July 2020
Downloads To Date:
2946
Languages:
English
Download Size:
99.00 KB

DNSQuerySniffer is a tiny network sniffer which detects and displays DNS queries as they're sent on your system.

This has some security applications. Malware will often use DNS traffic to communicate with its operators, for instance, so taking a closer look at your own system might help to uncover an infection (look for odd or unusual domains, say, or a lot of failed lookups).

And more generally, DNSQuerySniffer helps to reveal which of your applications is trying to go online, and maybe what they're trying to do.

The data capture itself can be done via WinPcap and Microsoft Network Monitor. Or if you'd rather not install anything else, choose the "Raw Sockets" option and you may still get reasonable results (the documentation provided with DNSQuerySniffer explains more).

Any queries intercepted are displayed in full, with all the details you'd expect: Host Name, Port Number, Query ID, Request Type, Request Time, Response Time, Duration, Response Code, Records Count, and the returned records.

And as usual with NirSoft tools, everything is displayed in a sortable table, and your data can be exported as TXT, CSV, HTML and more.

Version 1.81

The information of the selected network adapter is now displayed in the window title.

Verdict:

It's probably not a tool you'll use every day, but DNSQuerySniffer can occasionally be useful as a simple way to watch your PC's DNS traffic

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