Thursday, July 18, 2013

Command Prompt Tricks

Command Prompt is one of the most powerful tools in Windows; but sadly, it 

is also the most ignored one. Things were not always like this; but with the 

command and prompt tricks

advent of GUI based operating systems, people started feeling that 

computing through command based tools was boring. This ultimately lead the 

command prompt into obscurity. 

1-Know your IP address, DNS Server's address and a lot more about your 

Internet Connection.

Command Prompt can even let you know your IP address. Just type ipconfig/ 

all in the command prompt and press Enter. Along with your IP address and 

DNS servers, command prompt will also return a ton of information like your 

host name, primary DNS suffix, node type, whether IP Routing ,Wins Proxy, 

and DHCP are enabled, your network adapter's description, your physical 

(MAC) address etc . 

2-Know if your neighbours are stealing your Wifi connection.

Command Prompt can let you know if someone is connected to your Local 

Area Connection and using it. Just follow the steps:- 

1) Open your browser and visit or 

depending on your router. 

2) Find the tab that mentions “Attached Devices” or something similar.

3) Find the computer name, IP address and MAC Address (sometimes called 

Physical Address or Hardware Address) of your computer using the previous 


4 )Compare it with those displayed by your router in Step 2. If you notice 

some strange devices, then your neighbour has been sneaking in on your 

internet connection and it is best to set a password.

3-Know if someone is hacking your computer/ Trace a Hacker.

Want to know if someone is hacking your computer? Command Prompt can help 

you find if someone you don't know is connected to your computer stealing 

private data. Just execute netstat -a and the command prompt will return a 

list of computers that your computer is connected to. In the results returned, 

Proto column gives the type of data transmission taking place (TCP or UDP) , 

Local address column gives the port with which your computer is connected to 

an external computer and the Foreign Address column gives the external 

computer you are connected to along with the port being used for the 

connection. State gives the state of the connection (whether a connection is 

actually established, or waiting for transmission or is “Timed Out”).



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