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Windows 10 / 8 / 7
Sep 1, 2018
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Wireshark Review

Felix Cheng
The world's most popular network protocol analyzer
A review of Wireshark by Felix Cheng

Wireshark (formerly known as Ethereal until a few years ago) is a very popular, completely free and highly recommended network protocol analyzer. It can view data in real-time and also log the data being sent on a network to a file on disk. With Wireshark, you can perform real-time and interactive analysis of the data that has been captured, perfect for diagnosis errors on a network.

Some of the powerful features available with Wireshark include the ability to view the (reconstructed) stream of a TCP/UDP session while supportng literally hundreds of different types of data and media.

A separate program is also include called tshark. For those familiar, tshark is Wireshark's equivalent of tcpdump which is traditionally a console-only version of Wireshark.

Called by some the Swiss army knife of network troubleshooting, is it by far one of the best Network sniffers available on the market and the very best among free applications.

Wireshark traces its roots back to 1998, so tons of development steps and progress has been made since then!

Wireshark is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from network auditing software without restrictions. Wireshark 2.6.3 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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  • Major release: Wireshark 2.6
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Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Wireshark development team.

Wireshark has been picked by our editors as very good.
Wireshark has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Wireshark 2.6.3 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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