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Giveaway of the day — Windows Explorer Tracker 2.0

Trace/monitor and record the operations in Windows Explorer automatically.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 76 (64%) 43 (36%) 35 comments

Windows Explorer Tracker 2.0 was available as a giveaway on February 9, 2016!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.95
free today
A safe way to clean your web browsers for fast and secure internet browsing.

Windows Explorer Tracker is used to trace/monitor and record the operations in Windows Explorer automatically, such as "Delete", "Rename", "Create", "Insert", "Add" and "Remove" actions of files, folders, drives and storage media. You can also use it to track and record operations on remote host via the mapped network drives. It logs the original operations in some .log files and names them by date.

Please note: The program includes a 1 Year of Free Upgrades. Get 50% discount for the Single License (1PC) and a Personal License (3 PCs) with Lifetime Upgrades only today!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

TriSun Software

Homepage:

http://www.trisunsoft.com/windows-explorer-tracker/

File Size:

5.7 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#17

Most people that ask me what to use to see what has been going on in their computer I tell use last activity view
http://ilikefree.co/tools_index.htm

Reply   |   Comment by ilikefree  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Nice coincidance, it was Happy Patchday today.
MS can rest assured they need not buy up another company.

For those amongst you who have not heard of the groove music player app, apparently new for Win 10, probably to give users the same novel experience as with Edge, news was that MS bought up a very small enterprise for an undisclosed amount of cash because the 3 guys had gone into business with an IOS app giving it the same groovey name - 3 years ago.

TriSun, you too can tap the goldmine. Carry on, but try a bit harder. Fancy all that money ! Don't worry, over at Redmond they have not got a clue what we are talking about. Forget about Cortana tracking - Miss KnowNothing - concentrate on these kb ....updates!
Crack those and you will be loved by millions :-))) and I shall never again have to scrape out the remnants of a printer driver that MS enforced a useless update on and subsequently would not reinstall properly until the last trace was gone.
Just my personal thoughts on the subject. Reference to fictional names only.

Would I think of joining the panther, leopard or ?? league? Not me, I'm better at counting than remembering names and most of all - eager to have the occasional GOTD !
Cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

I installed the program in Win10-64 Pro.
After installation I have downloaded a program: BlueStacks App Player (254Mb)
Also another program: Arduino Builder (5Mb)
The last one I unzipped and started.
There were 1,000 files in the zip.
The log don't let it see:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10366431/_GOTD/WindowsExplorerTracker20_20160209/09_2.log
This log can be opened in Notepad or better in a spreadsheet like Excel.

Also the installation of BlueStacks App Player does not have any lines, except a line in the menu Start.

There are lines about the creation and deletion of a map(5) on 5 different partitions.
Strange.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ootje
Ootje, go to the directory of your Bluestacks Player app, or get Agent Ransack to search for all entries on that app.
Not the 1000 files or so are really of interest but what hidden activities the player gets up to.
As for the maps - do you have 5 genuine partitions or did the Android emulator create some?
That would explain the term "map" to my brain, also often bewildered by the computer techs ever-changing language.
An app is something well below a program(me), the latter is now referred to as desktop app. Installation weirdly still into folders "programs" or "programs(x86).
The store apps just make it into appdata or something like that.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sigrid.DE

"Not the 1000 files or so are really"
When a file(Arduino Builder (5Mb)) is unzipped a lot of files and folders are made: this was not mentioned in the log. According to the description it should be done.
The other file(ArduinoBuilder-0.8.8 (1).7z) was deleted, a double download.

After that I startted the installation of another program(BlueStacks App Player (254Mb)).

"As for the maps" A mistake, I spoke of maps instead of folders.
And yes, there are 5 partitions in use on this laptop: two HD; the first(SSD) with Win7, Win8 and Win10; the second(2TB) with Data and Temp).
I guess the folders were made to test if there was enough room to install the MSI
And still no lines in the log about the files/folders, that were made to put the program in.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

When I run the program it asks for a CD for natural reader free??? How do I get rid of this?

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

There is an alternative to using this software telling you what spurious files are being added to your computer
- just right-click your Internet Explorer icon, and select "Start InPrivate Browsing"
- bingo, problem solved!

Reply   |   Comment by Othello86  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#12

On Windows 10 I get "Setup media is corrupted. Reacquire and try again." I delete the download, and Chrome cache, and download again, unpacking ZIP with WinRAR and double click Setup. Same result.

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Roussos  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Steven Roussos
The only thing that comes to mind when installs fail when they shouldn't, besides being blocked by AV protection, is when your System Date and Time are incorrect.

Bookmark this famous website to check the current date and time: http://www.time.is

Good luck in solving this problem.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#11

An interesting program for sure that could be of great benefit to some.

On the other hand, it could also potentially induce paranoia for others that would spend more time that perhaps wanted in researching things that may be found just to validate that they are normal.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#10

I Love you Giveawayoftheday heart emoticon

I hope that the exposure program ImTOO DVD Creator Pleaes

Reply   |   Comment by Rame  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)
#9

Hi, other Software Titles by TriSun Software Inc. can be found on GOTD here: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/category/publisher/trisun-software-inc/
Seeing that for instance 'Advanced Date Time Calculator' is listed today - I found it's been given away on GOTD last year here: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/advanced-date-time-calculator/, with interesting (as usual) Debate!
Now, clicking on icon of Date Time Calculator on Today's page (under main Giveaway Title) will take you to: http://www.trisunsoft.com/advanced-date-time-calculator/ where, strangely enough - I cannot see any GOTD's Reviews they've care to mention among other listed.. Are they not good enough?? Will they be mentioned on official page of 'Windows Explorer Tracker' - where list of accolades is even longer?

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#8

There are 2 usual reasons I think that files are added or deleted -- software installation or removal, or in the course of working on whatever, files get saved & may be deleted.

Though we can forget later, we know when we save or delete a file. We may not know what intermediate or temporary files the software we're using creates, or if it deletes those files afterwards. Working with audio & video files for example, those often temporary files can get quite large, & don't always go away after you close the software. That's one possible use for Windows Explorer Tracker.

We you install software it can be useful to know what get's added where. It helps you to judge that installation's impact on Windows & your system disk, e.g. the other day a GOTD added 300MB to the ProgramData folder, regardless where the program itself was installed, which made a difference for many people running Windows on a SSD -- the size of a SSD depends on how much you spend, with the majority of SSDs in use not having much storage space to spare.

It also helps if/when you decide to remove a program... save the logs from Windows Explorer Tracker that you made during installation, along with those from something like Regshot [which records changes to the registry], & you've got a pretty complete picture of what should be removed. And it can help troubleshooting when installing software breaks something.

If you are someone who doesn't like temporary files sticking around, running Windows Explorer Tracker when software updates should tell you where the update's setup files are stored & if they're deleted afterwards -- I've seen software updates leave over 1GB behind. Similarly you might find it easier than manually checking yourself if Windows 7-8.1 has downloaded, or started to download the setup files for 10.

That said, where it might be most useful would be using Windows Explorer Tracker much the same way IT staff may monitor activity to spot hackers & malware, though granted they have better tools to search the logs looking for trouble. A couple few weeks ago a guy commented on another site that the only sign he had that a system was infected was a keylogger log file he happened to see in the temp folder just by chance. New files are not created or saved all that often, & while looking at what Windows Explorer Tracker records isn't 100% foolproof [companies still have their systems breached despite logging] it could [should] probably help with the more common varieties of malware.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

mike
There are many, many files created by Windows itself quite a number of which are deleted almost immediately.
Many others are left as junk particularly by browsers, today's download does not record these nor does it record when they are removed.
In fact Windows is so busy writing junk and reading and writing to the registry I often wonder how it manages to get any time to run programs. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mike I replaced my laptops 500GB HDD with a 500GB SSD. So I have just as much storage now as I had before.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#7

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Reply   |   Comment by Nosa  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#6

I give the publisher high marks for originality. We tend to see one after another softwares doing similar tasks (video converters, PDF manipulators) so this is an interesting change of pace.

It's not a program I can see me using so I'll decline but I do decline with a big thank you to the publisher and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#5

Hi

Is this some kind of keylogger ?

Reply   |   Comment by unpeudepolitessesvp  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

unpeudepolitessesvp
No, this is not a keylogger. It monitors file access on the hard drive.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

unpeudepolitessesvp
No, though it should let you spot files a keylogger might create before it sends them off to its home base.

OTOH it could be used to get some idea of what a user was doing, e.g. the temp files stored by Internet Explorer might include images with descriptive names, so something like porn might be easy to spot.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

I've no use for this offering but in an age when security is a big concern and most people prefer to erase their tracks for various reasons I really can't see the need for something like this unless you are say a developer or something along these lines. Just curious to see what others have to say about today's offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Lenny

It's useful fo find problems/bugs with software, you know what happen in the background: which software open which file. ;-)

It's not everyday use but can be very helpful when you try to troubleshot problems on your PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Dieu  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Lenny
"most people prefer to erase their tracks for various reasons "

While it's better to for example to use the private browsing feature in most browsers, not creating tracks to begin with, to erase tracks you have to know where they are, or rely on software doing what it says it does to remove them.

Logically, if you want to remove tracks from doing whatever, &/or want to check that some app does remove them, you might use Windows Explorer Tracker, optionally along with Regshot, or alternatively use Sysinternals Process Monitor, so you can know what tracks exist, where.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#3

Installed and registered without any difficulties and on opening a clean interface.

After running for a couple hours it has listed a number of files been created deleted etc.

I'm sure there are rare occasions when this information would be useful but the limited functions available do not make it a particularly useful program.

A Free program I have found that is much more useful for gleaning information about what exactly the system is doing is available at the following link:-
http://systemexplorer.net/

Today's download will go in my folder called Tools, it contains many programs both free and paid for that help analyse many problems that occur in a system.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

XP-Man
What I like about System Explorer is the Snapshot feature, which can record before and after scenarios which includes registry and file changes occurring on the hard drive. The initial Snapshot takes the longest, but viewing changes using the tree-like structure makes it easy to see what differences have occurred.

The only thing I wish it did right is when opening Windows Registry from it, as it will launch the x86 version instead of the x64 version if on a x64 OS. The end result not seeing the 'full' registry picture if one were to launch it manually, via the Run Box for example, that starts the expected x64 version. To be sure, the x64 version of Regedit has the Wow6432Node that mirrors (for a lack of a better word) what the x86 version of Regedit can show.

System Explorer shines with it's on-demand Virus-Total scanner, useful as a second 'opinion' to the installed protection one has on their PC to test any file either in memory running or on the local drive.

Thanks for your comment XP-Man, and good luck stocking your Tool Box with more awesome programs.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

XP-Man
May I ask whether the logs created required by today's offer need special software to read/evaluate?

Is it altogether a sort of event viewer as available under Win anyway?

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

arttronics

Give a try at Regshot2 http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2505 ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Dieu  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Sigrid.DE
Opened today's log file in Notepad without any difficulty.
The main page up to now has only shown created, deleted and downloaded files with the path.
The name of the file is not shown until you highlight in the list and then request details.
This does have the advantage of not showing a cluttered list.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

XP-Man
"A Free program I have found that is much more useful for gleaning information about what exactly the system is doing is available at the following link:..."

Yes it tells you more, but how useful is that added info to most people? How many would or will take the time to look at that added data? I would also caution against relying too much on their file database of bad actors -- malware often uses random or semi-random names for files created. That's not to say System Explorer isn't or couldn't be useful.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

arttronics
"What I like about System Explorer is the Snapshot feature, which can record before and after scenarios which includes registry and file changes occurring on the hard drive. The initial Snapshot takes the longest..."

Regshot [& Regshot2] are pretty quick saving recorded changes to the registry, besides being small & portable. They can record file changes, but as you say with System Explorer, & indeed with any app taking file snapshots, it can take quite some time. Simply recording file creation/deletion, as with Windows Explorer Tracker, as it happens, does not take that time, since whatever files existed beforehand are irrelevant, so no snapshot needed.

"To be sure, the x64 version of Regedit has the Wow6432Node that mirrors (for a lack of a better word) what the x86 version of Regedit can show..."

If it helps at all...
64 bit Windows has a different registry structure, with the same HKCU & HKLM Software sections as 32 bit, with added WOW64 sections in both. Software may use registry entries in the regular software sections, &/or the WOW64 sections, but only Very rarely are entries in both the same.

FWIW you might want to check out the IMHO more well known apps by Sysinternals at microsoft.com. Process Explorer for example can also help with the Virus Total site, though personally I prefer a Google search on the file name at the same time... that may give a more realistic assessment, as the same false positives you can get from AV software [e.g. GOTD setup.exe files] very often shows up with or on Virus Total.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

XP-Man
thx for your today's input, installed the soft myself just to see.
If no more than the usual explorer actions had been recorded I would have deinstalled.
However seeing Cortana, though deactivated still recording something is worth finding out.
3 files auto-deleted. Nice to find background transfer api.
So, see what other surprises come up :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#2

Quote from their website
if you need to retrace the Windows Explorer steps on a regular basis might find it useful
I don't need to do that, don't know anyone that does that regularly either, so will pass on today's offer

Reply   |   Comment by ilikefree  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#1

I use freeware Activity Indicator v1.1.5.32 which has more options, and for those laptop users that do not have HDD LEDs, this doubles as an status indicator that you can customize, just be sure to disable logging in that case.

And for those that want even more tools, the extensive freeware WSCC (Windows System Control Center) v2.5.0.7 is the go-to toolbox that you should have on your PC, thumb-drive, recovery disc, etc. It's a powerhouse of tools from Nirsoft and Windows Sysinternals with an attractive GUI that you can customize yourself. The included binaries are in x86 and x64, with GUI option to use the x64 version whenever possible.

Thanks GOTD for showing something new, but today's offer is not for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Gilbert Suarez  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+71)

Gilbert Suarez
Gilbert, thx !
WSCC will do me fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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