On this page we describe how to download and run CertAlert for the first time. If you have any questions at all about running CertAlert please email [email protected] and we will get CertAlert up and running for you in no time.

Step 0: Request a trial version of CertAlert

Please email us ([email protected]) with your company details and we will send you a link to download CertAlert (sorry not available in the US).

Step 1: Unzip the file you downloaded

Unzip the downloaded file into its own folder. The easiest way to do this is to right-click on the file and then choose Extract All...

Step 2: Open a command window in the folder you extracted CertAlert to

From Windows explorer, move your cursor over the target folder (e.g., certalert-2017-04-11), then shift-right-click and pick the “open command window here” option from the pop-up

Step 3: Run CertAlert

At the command prompt, type CertAlert and press return. CertAlert will check a list of public servers (see the serverlist.txt file).

What Next?

You can try many things, here are just a few in no particular order:
  • Look at the reports created CertAlertReport.csv and CertAlertReport.pdf
  • Change the servers to be checked in the serverlist.txt file
  • Set an IP range to check in the CertAlert.exe.config file