# Open Netbios service

# Problem description

Is your Internet working badly? Sometimes your service provider is not to blame. Bad guys can use your open NetBIOS service to launch a denial-of-service attack. As a result, your Internet connection can work really slowly or not at all, and the actual victim of the attack has things even worse.

If you want to understand better how these kinds of so-called amplification attacks work, please see here.

# Suggestions for repair

First of all you need to identify the device which has the vulnerable service open. Please read our instructions on locating vulnerable devices.

When you have located the vulnerable device, we recommend disabling the NetBIOS service from it. Search for instructions from the Internet with the keywords disable netbios and your device brand and model, for instance: disable netbios asus rt-ac96u

If the NetBIOS service is on intentionally and you want to keep it that way, at least block access to the NetBIOS service from the Internet at your firewall or home router.