Software letting you know which application is causing a system event.


C

ceed

Hi,

I had a nasty problem the other day: Some program was playing the "System
Notification" sound with random intervals. Sometimes it played and the
again after a couple of minutes. Sometimes it could be hours between each
time it played the sound. After *a lot* of time spent on narrowing down
what could be causing this I finally found out what it was: A very well
hidden error report option checked in a plug-in for my IM (Miranda).

However, what I want to ask here is if anyone know of a freeware
application that can monitor events in Windows and tell you (throgh
logging or a pop-up) which application causes a specified type of event to
happen, in this case let you know which applications plays sound files?

I am not able to find an application that can do this, but it would be a
useful one, not only for sound, but for other events like changing icons,
associations, writing txt files to disk etc. Recently I had a similar
problem: An application was notoriously changing the "My Music" folder
icon to the default folder icon. I finally found out it was Limewire doing
this if I set the program to download to the "My Music" folder. An
application like the one I am looking for would make it easy to figure out
things like this, if it exists that it.. :)
 
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Jem Berkes

I am not able to find an application that can do this, but it would be
a useful one, not only for sound, but for other events like changing
icons, associations, writing txt files to disk etc. Recently I had a
similar problem: An application was notoriously changing the "My
Music" folder icon to the default folder icon. I finally found out it
was Limewire doing this if I set the program to download to the "My
Music" folder. An application like the one I am looking for would
make it easy to figure out things like this, if it exists that it..
:)
My freeware "Notify" application does part of this. It can monitor a
directory tree for changes to files, and pops up a notice. However it can
not tell you which application is responsible for the file change:

http://www.pc-tools.net/win32/notify/

I am currently working on a new, improved version which can tell you more
details such as what exact file has changed, how it has changed, and
support more thorough logging and custom notifications. If that sounds
interesting please drop me a line, and I'll send you a beta test copy.
 
B

bassbag

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says...
Hi,

I had a nasty problem the other day: Some program was playing the "System
Notification" sound with random intervals. Sometimes it played and the
again after a couple of minutes. Sometimes it could be hours between each
time it played the sound. After *a lot* of time spent on narrowing down
what could be causing this I finally found out what it was: A very well
hidden error report option checked in a plug-in for my IM (Miranda).

However, what I want to ask here is if anyone know of a freeware
application that can monitor events in Windows and tell you (throgh
logging or a pop-up) which application causes a specified type of event to
happen, in this case let you know which applications plays sound files?

I am not able to find an application that can do this, but it would be a
useful one, not only for sound, but for other events like changing icons,
associations, writing txt files to disk etc. Recently I had a similar
problem: An application was notoriously changing the "My Music" folder
icon to the default folder icon. I finally found out it was Limewire doing
this if I set the program to download to the "My Music" folder. An
application like the one I am looking for would make it easy to figure out
things like this, if it exists that it.. :)
Process guard (get the free version in the downloads section)
http://www.diamondcs.com.au/processguard/index.php?page=screenshot
can control application execution or modification,and would alert you to
the problems you have described.Also System safety monitor...
http://maxcomputing.narod.ru/ssme.html?lang=en
is similar.Be awre the site is quite slow.
me
 
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Mike Andrade

ceed
<ceed@abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk
..com> wrote in
Hi,

I had a nasty problem the other day: Some program was playing the
"System Notification" sound with random intervals. Sometimes it
played and the again after a couple of minutes. Sometimes it
could be hours between each time it played the sound. After *a
lot* of time spent on narrowing down what could be causing this I
finally found out what it was: A very well hidden error report
option checked in a plug-in for my IM (Miranda).

However, what I want to ask here is if anyone know of a freeware
application that can monitor events in Windows and tell you
(throgh logging or a pop-up) which application causes a specified
type of event to happen, in this case let you know which
applications plays sound files?

I am not able to find an application that can do this, but it
would be a useful one, not only for sound, but for other events
like changing icons, associations, writing txt files to disk etc.
Recently I had a similar problem: An application was notoriously
changing the "My Music" folder icon to the default folder icon. I
finally found out it was Limewire doing this if I set the program
to download to the "My Music" folder. An application like the one
I am looking for would make it easy to figure out things like
this, if it exists that it.. :)
http://www.gibinsoft.net/

Freeware version of directory monitor. DDL link is
http://www.gibinsoft.net/gipoutils/bin/dirmon.exe
 

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