The best Remote Administration Tools (RAT) in a list
I always want to have a good view on the latest remote administration tools, and in order to do that, I created a nice tool. My tool collects the latest tools, and it publishes them in a nice list. The RAT list is public, and you can use it as how you see fit.
If you are looking for an alternative to Teamviewer, or just want to try out an open source remote administration tool, then this post is for you. In this post we will provide you an overview of 300+ RATs that will run on the most operating systems.
Remote administration tools
A Remote Access / Administration Tool (RAT) is software with which an IT professional can log in to all registered computers from one basic computer and manage them remotely. For example for problem solving, remote assistance and the proper functioning of the computers within the network.
Use of RATs by cyber criminals
Cyber criminals can use a RAT to use your computer for hacking purposes. They’ll send the RAT to you as an email attachment in the hope that you’ll open it. The RAT will then install itself on your computer. This is called a Remote Access Trojan. This can have very negative consequences.
Operating systems supported
As each remote administration tool will have it’s own strength and weaknesses, it is impossible to write down all of the differences, but we can expect that the following options are present in the remote administration tools:
- Capture Functions
- Webcam Capture
- Sound Capture
- Remote Desktop
- Network Functions
- Active Ports
- Network Shares
- Server Socks5
- LAN Computers
- Net Gateway
- IP Scanner
- Url Download
- Browse Page
- Redirect IP/Port
- WiFi Access Points
- Computer Power
- Server Actions
- Lock Computer
- Restart Server
- Close Server
- Uninstall Server
- Upload and Execute
- Remote Edit Service
- Update Server
- From URL
- From File
Most of the tools that have been listed down are open-source. The publisher has made the code public, and you can download and alter it to your own wishes.
Remote Administration Tools FAQ
Most of the listed remote administration tools are free to be used. Check the copyright agreements before you alter, publish or utilize the tools. That is the only way to be certain.
The following OSI-approved licenses are popular, widely used, or have strong communities:
Apache License 2.0
BSD 3-Clause “New” or “Revised” license
BSD 2-Clause “Simplified” or “FreeBSD” license
GNU General Public License (GPL)
GNU Library or “Lesser” General Public License (LGPL)
Mozilla Public License 2.0
Common Development and Distribution License
Eclipse Public License version 2.0
A license page looks like this:
The only way to be certain of this, is by performing an antivirus scan on the downloaded remote administration tool. Only use this list if you know what you are doing. The chance is there that indeed, some of them, are infected with malicious code.
The remote administration tools list is updated on a daily basis. Make sure to check in, and download the latest remote administration tools.