NetBus v.1.70

Copyright 1998 © Carl-Fredrik Neikter

All Rights Reserved






The program can be used as a nice remote administration tool, or just to have some fun with your friends on the net. The network must support TCP/IP.



NetBus consists of a server and a client-part. The server-part is the program which must be running on the computer you wish to administrate. The client-part is the program you use to connect to another computer.

To install the NetBus server, you just run Patch.exe, on the target computer. By default it installs itself in the system, so it starts automatically every time Windows starts. In the NetBus-client you address the target with IP-numbers or host-names.


Note that you donít see Patch when itís running - itís hiding itself automatically at start-up.



There are some command-line parameters you can use with Patch:

Patch /noadd means that you donít want Patch to start every Windows-session, probably most used for testing purposes.

Patch /remove removes itself from memory and registry.

Patch /pass:xxx installs the server with the given password.

Patch /port:xxx installs the server to use TCP-port xxx, instead of the default 12345.


Whatís new?

Ultra-fast Port scanner.

Port Redirect - redirects data to another host and port.

Server setup - configures the server-exe with some options, like TCP-port and mail notification.

Application Redirect - redirects I/O from console applications to a specified TCP-port.

Possibility to restrict access to only a few IP-numbers.


Authorís comments

The well-known version 1.6 has been out for a while now. Many requests for new features has been asked since then. At last, at least some of them are now implemented.

Plans for the future is of course an even more powerful tool. Unfortunately, the time I can spend on developing NetBus is limited.

You contact me by sending an e-mail to However, due to the high amount of incoming mails, I may be unable to answer you.



Open/close the CD-ROM once or in intervals (specified in seconds).

Show optional image. If no full path of the image is given it will look for it in the Patch-directory. The supported image-formats is BMP and JPG.

Swap mouse buttons - the right mouse button gets the left mouse buttonís functions and vice versa.

Start optional application.

Play optional sound-file. If no full path of the sound-file is given it will look for it in the Patch-directory. The supported sound-format is WAV.

Point the mouse to optional coordinates. You can even navigate the mouse on the target computer with your own.

Show a message dialog on the screen. The answer is always sent back to you.

Shutdown the system, logoff the user etc.

Go to an optional URL within the default web-browser.

Send keystrokes to the active application on the target computer. The text in the field "Message/text" will be inserted in the application that has focus. ("|" represents enter).

Listen for keystrokes and send them back to you.

Get a screendump (should not be used over slow connections).

Return information about the target computer.

Upload any file from you to the target computer. With this feature it will be possible to remotely update Patch with a new version.

Increase and decrease the sound-volume.

Record sounds that the microphone catch. The sound is sent back to you.

Make click sounds every time a key is pressed.

Download and deletion of any file from the target. You choose which file you wish to download/delete in a view that represents the harddisks on the target.

Keys (letters) on the keyboard can be disabled.

Password-protection management.

Show, kill and focus windows on the system.

Find NetBus servers with the ultra-fast Port scanner.

Redirect data on a specified TCP-port to another host and port.

Redirect console applications I/O to a specified TCP-port (telnet the host at the specified port to interact with the application).

Configure the server-exe with options like TCP-port and mail notification.

Possibility to restrict access to only a few IP-numbers (but be prepared for IP-spoofing).

The functions above (there are some logical exceptions) can be delayed an optional number of seconds before they are executing.


Password protection

If you just want to have fun with your friendís computer yourself, and donít want someone else to connect to it you can password protect it. To accomplish this you start the server with the parameter /pass:thepassword, or use the administration functions in NetBus.

Now everybody who hasnít the correct password will fail when trying to connect or sending commands to that computer.



You should perhaps test the functions in NetBus against yourself before you start using it with your friends, so you know whatís happening (send text will, however, not work on yourself)! Your own machine can be addressed via "localhost".



Windows 95, Windows NT or later versions of Windows.

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