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By hooper.rick ·
I am looking for third party software that will monitor the applications installed on my PC. I wish that this software will count the number of times each application is opened (launched)and display the results such that I can view them for each application. Does anyone know of such software?

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Software Counter

Hi,

You need to be running NT or better, but you could turn auditing on (audit the read event) for the application's exe that you're interested in and then you get information on when it was read (started) including the date and time.

Auditingis part of the local security settings, and if search for audit in the Windows help, you'll see how its done.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by hooper.rick In reply to Software Counter

Running WinNT is out of the question. I am running Win98 with approx 30 applications in a US Govt library setting. For accounting purposes the apps must be counted per each launch. Can you still offer any other assistance?

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Software Counter

Hi again,

I had a bit of a look on my favorite utilities site, www.tucows.com but couldn't find anything.

The problem you'll have with Windows98 is that its not secure and any data you collect on that machine cant be guaranteed free from tampering.

Anyway, I thought you could do the following... Its not perfect but its a solution...

1. Write a simple bat file to append a line to a log and then start the application. It might look something like this...

echo off
time /t >> c:\SomewhereHidden\SomethingObscure.ext
date /t >> c:\SomewhereHidden\SomethingObscure.ext
echo Running Application "ApplicationName" >> c:\SomewhereHidden\SomethingObscure.ext
c:\ApplicationLocation\Application.exe

Where SomethingObscure.ext will contain entries for each initialization of the application.

2. Compile the bat file to an EXE file using the utility BAT2EXE found at

http://home.wanadoo.nl/source/

(remove spaces from the above URL)

Name that executable something plausible- for example if you were doing this to start notepad.exe you might call it notpad_start.exe

3. Place that exe into the application's directory alongside the "real one".

Remove all icons and methods of starting via its normal icon and replace them with icons pointing to the bat file you just created.

Change the icon image for each too. Browse to the applications exe and you'll be able to select the original image.

Then at the end of the month or whenever, you simply dump the log file produced into Excel and off you go...

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Software Counter

Tim,
Thanks for your input. We are currently using batch files for tracking the software. However, this method is somewhat time consuming for us, thus, we need a less cumbersome solution. Perhaps something highly automated and easy such as third party software. Any other suggestions?

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Software Counter

Hi,

Which part is slow and cumbersome? The initial setup? Or the reporting?

If its the reporting, then I suggest using Perl to do the reports rather than something like Excel. I dont know whether you've used Perl before, but it is relatively simple and would only take a short time to setup your detailed reports.

Once the Perl scripts were written, it'd be a simple double click to produce your information, which could automatically be mailed back to you... In fact, you could set up a scheduled task to do it all...

...and no, I'm not aware of any 3rd party applications that already do this.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by hooper.rick In reply to Software Counter

Tim,
I do appreciate your help in this matter. We do have a programmer here that knows Perl. Perhaps I will talk to him about this situation. Thanks again.

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