Cain & Abel on Windows 10 : Workaround

August 10, 2016

If you ever tried to have the famous Cain & Abel running on Windows 10, you may be unable to use it.

It will keep showing your network interface with as IP address. Meaning you can’t scan the subnet looking for other computers.

Googling that issue, you will find some tutorials about fixing it, by forcing DNS prefix on the adapter (Β for example).

I think that this method don’t fix anything.

Anyhow, i came up with a workaround. Actually this issue is caused by WinPcap 4 not being compatible with Windows 10 (NDIS 5 VS NDIS 6). You may try to use alternative implementation of WinPcap like WinPcap 10 but for me, it didn’t worked.

I then removed the WinPcap version installed on my computer, and installed NPcap, selected during installation, the option to install it as WinPcap API compatible.

This solved the issue and Cain & Abel started working as expected.

You’are welcome πŸ™‚ !


  1. Blake says: 17/08/2016

    Can you link me the download? Whenever i went to the website i then clicked download and a sh*t ton of options popped up. How do i know which one i need?

  2. Neo says: 10/09/2016

    Thanks! that showed me the NIC I needed. However, No when I scan I resolve zero hosts. I can run the same test on another machine and find at least a modem. Any tips? Thanks again. Great work.

  3. Rhys says: 01/11/2016

    I’ve done that but when I click “start/stop sniff” it says “Unable to open winpcap driver: the system cannot find the device specified”

    • minkimac says: 10/11/2018

      Go to configure. Under sniffer tab select from the list, the one with your local IP address and click on OK. Then try to start sniffer.

  4. Bruce says: 16/11/2016

    i tried to install Npcap but then mid way during installation, i get an error message: “failed to extract packet.dll” … help please?

    • dev says: 22/02/2017

      packet.dll errors happend to me when cain was still running while installing or uninstalling. Just make sure to close the program before installing Npcap

  5. Thierry says: 06/12/2016

    Hi I have an error saying “packet.dll” missing ?

  6. 45wtwq35 says: 06/01/2017

    still showing network interface with as IP address.

  7. bem says: 07/01/2017

    how do u uninstall winpcap

  8. MadcapMagician says: 09/02/2017

    just downloaded cain n able…. win. defender classified it as HACKTOOL:win32/vigorf.A at a medium alert level and HACKTOOL:win32/cain also a medium alert level. not sure if this is a problem? or just windows defender freakin out.

    • Me says: 28/12/2017

      Its fine, been using it for years, it only says that because it scans your network and you can use it to do some stuff to windows

  9. help please says: 18/02/2017

    it still says unable to open wincap driver any ideas why

  10. dev says: 22/02/2017

    Yes! This is working very well.. thanks

  11. abcd says: 01/05/2017

    Thanks a lot! Worked for me πŸ™‚

  12. hank says: 02/12/2017

    I followed the instructions and all went well until I reopened Cain and Abel, it did not see all of the 00.00 adapters but it didn’t see any. Is this because I am using wifi? If so, how can I solve this while continuing to use wifi and not ethernet? Thanks!

  13. josh says: 06/01/2018

    any chance we could possibly hop in a skype call ro something and anyone could help me? my skype is jmiller0129

  14. Karim says: 14/06/2019


    Thanks! your solution worked.
    I installed NPcap from official website, rebooted, nothing happened.
    I re-ran the installer, and choose to reinstall, then it worked fine.

    Thanks again.


    • admin says: 17/06/2019

      Glad to know this still works πŸ™‚ !

  15. Ronald Allan R. Perez says: 10/11/2019

    Thanks for the information. I got can and abel to work…. πŸ™‚

  16. preethesh says: 17/02/2020

    i installed NPcap but cain and abel ask for wincap 4.1.3 which is not supported by my windows10 so please help

  17. Penduduk Indonesia says: 07/03/2020

    Thanks, the video didn’t give the answer I’m looking for, but yours do

  18. Anthony says: 26/08/2020

    This worked for me. Thanks.

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