What is Network Scanner and Why Use it?
Network Scanner is a feature of System Mechanic that scans for connected devices on your network that are using bandwidth which could be causing network congestion. These devices could be security cameras, thermostats, gaming consoles, smart TVs, phones, speakers, and many other connected devices.
Network Scanner also checks known (suspicious) ports on a network that could potentially be open and allowing the sending or receiving of data, or that may allow unauthorized access of a network or device.
Hackers use automated scanners to check for open router ports, as well as for device exploits, and label them susceptible to attack, inviting spoofed DNS queries and other malicious queries which also contribute to network congestion.
Disabling these known ports will help with stopping malware, blocking unwanted services, stopping cyber-attacks, such as denial of service attacks (DDoS), spamming, and the propagation of bots.
Accessing Network Scanner
Network Scanner can be accessed from the System Mechanic left navigation panel.
- Select the tools icon, Toolbox and then Speed Up.
- Next select Network Scanner.
- Click Scan Now. Once the scan has completed, the tool will generate a list of open ports, found devices and connected bluetooth devices.
- Follow any recommendations. Network Scanner may recommend that you remove any obsolete or inactive devices off of your network.
If you would like help securing your network, please call our affordable 24/7 LiveTech Support for any device issue at (801) 857-2345. You can also access the System Mechanic online help at https://helpdocs.iolo.com/system-mechanic/21/en/html/#Network_Scanner.htm.