Install Nessus on Windows

Video:  Windows Installation process

Caution: If you install a Nessus Agent, Manager, or Scanner on a system with an existing Nessus Agent, Manager, or Scanner running nessusd, the installation process will kill all other nessusd processes. You may lose scan data as a result.

Note: Nessus does not support using symbolic links for /opt/nessus/.

Note: You may be required to restart your computer to complete installation.

Download Nessus Package File

For details, refer to the Product Download topic.

Start Nessus Installation

  1. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the Nessus installer.
  2. Next, double-click the file name to start the installation process.

Complete the Windows InstallShield Wizard

  1. First, the Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for Tenable, Inc. Nessus screen appears. Select Next to continue.
  2. On the License Agreement screen, read the terms of the Tenable, Inc. Nessus software license and subscription agreement. 
  3. Select the I accept the terms of the license agreement option, and then click Next.
  4. On the Destination Folder screen, select the Next button to accept the default installation folder. Otherwise, select the Change button to install Nessus to a different folder.
  5. On the Ready to Install the Program screen, select the Install button.

The Installing Tenable, Inc. Nessus screen appears and a Status indication bar shows the installation progress. The process may take several minutes.

If presented, Install WinPcap

As part of the Nessus installation process, you need to install WinPcap. If you previously installed WinPcap as part of another network application, the following steps do not appear, and you need to continue with the Nessus installation.

  1. On the Welcome to the WinPcap Setup Wizard screen, select the Next button.
  2. On the WinPcap License Agreement screen, read the terms of the license agreement, and then select the I Agree button to continue.
  3. On the WinPcap Installation options screen, select the Automatically start the WinPcap driver at boot time option, and then select the Install button.
  4. On the Completing the WinPcap Setup Wizard screen, select the Finish button.
    TheTenable Nessus InstallShield Wizard Completed screen appears.
  5. Select the Finish button.

After the InstallShield Wizard completes, the Welcome to Nessus page loads in your default browser.

Perform the remaining Nessus installation steps in your web browser.