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Start or Stop Nessus

The following are best practice steps for starting and stopping Nessus.

Mac OS X

  1. Navigate to System Preferences.
  2. Click the essus button.
  3. Click the ock button.
  4. Ype your username and password.
  5. To stop the Nessus service, click the Stop Nessus button.

    -or-

    To start the Nessus service, click the Start Nessus button.

Start or Stop

Mac OS X Command Line Operation

Start

# launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tenablesecurity.nessusd.plist

Stop

# launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tenablesecurity.nessusd.plist

Windows

  1. Navigate to Services.
  2. In the Name column, click Tenable Nessus.
  3. To stop the Nessus service, right-click Tenable Nessus, and then click Stop.

    -or-

    To restart the Nessus service, right-click Tenable Nessus, and then click Start.

Start or Stop

Windows Command Line Operation

Start

C:\Windows\system32>net start "Tenable Nessus"

Stop

C:\Windows\system32>net stop "Tenable Nessus"

Linux

Start or Stop

Linux Command Line Operation

RedHat, CentOS, and Oracle Linux

Start

# /sbin/service nessusd start

Stop

# /sbin/service nessusd stop

SUSE

Start

# /etc/rc.d/nessusd start

Stop

# /etc/rc.d/nessusd stop

FreeBSD

Start

# service nessusd start

Stop

# service nessusd stop

Debian, Kali, and Ubuntu

Start

# /etc/init.d/nessusd start

Stop

# /etc/init.d/nessusd stop

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