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TrackWinstall monitors computer registry files based on MD5 hash value of installed software. The modus operandi of this freeware is that it checks the changes made by a particular software on your computer's registry. It can also scan your computer's registry to display all the changes made. This freeware has two different modes of operation.
Find Registry Changes Made by a Specific Software:
This mode of this program lets you test any software to see what changes will be made by it when the software runs.
- On the UI, Click on One Click Protocol. A file browser will open.
- Select the executable file of any software which you want to test for its effects on Registry.
- The software starts creating the snapshot of registry without that software active.
- After creating the snapshot, this registry monitor opens the software which you are testing.
- Another snapshot process is initiated with the test software running. It is then verified with the first snapshot.
- After comparison of registry snapshots with and without the test software running, a new window pops up. It shows the result with changes made to the registry.
Find Registry Changes Made over a Period of Time:
This mode is useful if you want to see what changed in registry over a period of time.
- Click on Two Phase Mode to start creating a registry snapshot.
- Save the snapshot as .SNA file. The program closes after you have saved the file.
- After a given time, re open this registry monitor software to complete phase 2.
- Click on Complete Phase 2 to initiate the second snapshot of the system registry.
- After the snapshot is taken, the software starts the comparison.
- A new window pops up after the with results. The result displays Registry Type, Priority, Value 1, and Value 2.
You can copy the result, and paste it anywhere you want. Go to the options menu, where you can select registry, program files, and updates to scan. Home Page Download Page
Cregistry Comparison is another simplistic registry comparer to monitor registry. The interface of this registry monitor freeware displays Monitored Registry, New Keys, and Deleted Keys. To compare registry, click on New. You can either select all Registry Keys, or any of the following Registry Keys to create snapshot:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS, HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Create the snapshot by clicking on New option. Select the Registry keys, and then click on Create. The snapshot is saved as .CRE file. After a given time, or after making changes to your system, click on Start button for Registry comparison. After the comparison, New Keys, and Deleted Keys are displayed in their respective boxes. You can even save the result as .TXT file. Home Page Download Page
RegfromApp lets you monitor registry changes made by any software. When you start this software, its asks you to select a software from the list of already running processes. It inspects the changes made by that software to the registry, and displays the data in real time on its UI. You can either copy the registry data to clipboard, or save it as .Regfile. The registry report can be viewed in either Registry File Version 4, or Version 5. To inspect another software for registry changes made by it, stop the already running process, then select the new process. You cannot monitor registry changes made by more than one software at a time. If a software is not running, it will not show up in the list of software to inspect, so start a software before monitoring the changes made by it in the registry. Home Page Download Page
InstallSpy is a free software to completely monitor the changes that a software makes to your PC during installation. It can monitor registry changes, file changes, and lot more. The way it works is, you start this software, let it scan the system, then install the software that you want to monitor, and then let InstallSpy scan the system again. It will show you the differences in your system before and after installing the software.
In fact, you can use this software to also monitor if a program makes changes to registry while it runs.
The software has simple steps to monitor registry for changes.
How to monitor registry with InstallSpy:
- Step 1: The program will prompt you to Shut down, or pause any non essential program that is running. Click on Yes.
- Step 2: Then InstallSpy will Confirm from you if the software you want to test for registry changes is ready to run, or install. Click Yes.
- Step 3: Click Yes to scan registry. The software takes a snapshot of the registry during this process. This is the base snapshot, which tells the state of the system before you installed the software.
- Step 4: Click Yes and then proceed to run/install the test software.
- Step 5: Click Yes to confirm that you have run/installed the test software.
- Step 6: Permit InstallSpy to take another snapshot of the registry by clicking Yes.
- Step 7: Click on Yes the last time to let this registry monitor compare the snapshot, and generate a report.
The report is generated in HTML format, and includes all the changes that occurred in the registry when the test software was run, or installed. The report includes the name of the software tested, Disc Usage, Registry Changes, File System Changes, and File Scan Changes. The registry changes display changes made to HKEY_USERS, and HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG along with type of change, time of change, value name, old value, and new value.
Under settings you can set different filters for Shell Events, Registry, and Files. Home Page Download Page
As the name suggests, Tiny Watcher is a small sized registry monitor which scans your registry when you want it to. It only runs a scan when you open it, and displays the changes made in registry. When you run this software for the first time, it takes a snapshot of your system. Reopen Tiny Watcher whenever you want to monitor registry for changes. The freeware performs a quick scan of the system, and displays the result on its GUI. It displays the modified registry, new entries, files, directory along with its name, and description.
This registry monitor cannot make out if a change is good or bad for the system. You have to make the decision yourself whether to keep a change, or discard it. To help you out with it, Tiny Watcher has a discrete solution. Click on a process to highlight it, and then click on Web Search button to perform a query on the internet for that keyword. Click on Confirm to keep the changes, and click Remove to terminate the process. You can configure this registry monitor to check or ignore a list of registry keys, directories, or files. Home Page Download Page
MJ Registry Watcher
MJ Registry Watcher is another registry monitor in this list, but its a bit different than the others. The feature that I like in this best is that it can send email alert whenever something changes in registry. This can be used in multiple scenarios. Let's say you are a parent and want to ensure that your unsuspecting kids are not targeted by a friendly looking software, then you can configure registry change email alerts to yourself. Or, if you are an administrator taking care of multiple systems, you can use this to get a quick email whenever some user tries to modify registry.
The way this registry monitor works is that scans the system regularly after a given amount of time, which can be set from 0 to 9999 seconds. Whenever any unwanted program attempts to change the registry such as Startup service, this registry monitor alerts you. This way you can intercept any unwanted changes from being made to your registry. For the times you are not at your workstation, you can set up email alerts. This software notifies you through email if any trojan is attempting to make any changes to your registry.
You can set various levels of security for your system ,like: Light, Default, Medium, High, Highest, and Custom Security.
One of the good features of this registry monitor is, it creates registry backup every 28 days, and the latest 15 backups are kept saved on the system. So, you can restore your computer back to any point you want if any sort of system issue occurs.
Apart from just monitoring registry, it also helps you keep your computer's registry keys and startup files safe from unwanted trojan attacks. Home Page Download Page
Process Monitor is another free standalone registry monitor. Unlike other Registry Monitors, it does not compares Registry keys from two instances. It displays the real time status of Registry keys, File system, and Processes. Click on the Registry Icon on the tool bar to view the Registry keys. This data includes Process Name, PID, Operation, Path, and Result. The other options let you view File System Activity, and Network Activity. You can view the Registry Summary under Tools> Check Registry. Under Registry Summary, you can view: Registry Time, Total Events, Path of Registry, etc. You also get option to save Registry report as .CSV file, where you can view Process Name, PID, Operation, Path, Details, etc. Go to Options to access features like: Backup Current Key, Backup Registry, Quarantine Directory, etc. The auto scroll feature lets you scroll through the result automatically; it can be turned off. Home Page Download Page