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 System Utility   Look@Win - Installation + System change detection (Win9x, ME only)
I tried out this program briefly and I like the way it works. Basically it is used to track the changes a program makes when you install it. For example, I want to install Kazaa, but I suspect it may have spyware in it. (Darned right it does). First I run LookatWin and it does it's thing, and even backs up the registry. Next I run the installation file for Kazaa. After Kazaa is installed, I run LookatWin once again. LookatWin compares the before and a?ter runs and tells you what has changed. What registry keys have changed? What changes were made to the win.ini file? What dll's and exe's were installed? After LookatWin shows you the changes, you can always look in the log files it makes to really get a close look at the changes. This is a great little piece of freeware but if you need a little more from a install detector, try Total Uninstall. By the way I really like the website that hosts this file. They have a few other freeware proggies you might like.
Quote from the website
This program is intended to track changes made to the system by setup programs. If you perform the installation of a program, you won't know if the setup will copy some files(i.e. DLL, VBX ) to your Windows (Tm) or Windowssystem directory. The amount of space required by Windows directories will enlarge, and if a specific uninstall program is not provided, you won't know what files could be safely deleted from Windows. Running Look@win 3.53, after a program installation setup, will compare the actual status of Windows system with the recorded previous one, detecting changes. Inizialization files and Registry file control provides a sort of anti-virus function,too: if any difference will be detected, the new lines in .ini files or Windows Registry will be displayed, thus alerting for changes made by viral programs in order perform malicious actions at system startup. Moreover detection of size changes of executable files in Windows directories adds possibilities of early discovering a viral attack to your system.
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