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How do I find new changes on my computer?

by wildbird / September 17, 2011 8:31 PM PDT

Is it possible to find any changes to the computer? For example, added new files or programs that known or unknown. One of the users (friends or family members) or by any possible means it will be added or installed the programs to the computer when the computer has been used to connect Internet (intentional or unintentional) so how can I find it?

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Re: changes
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 17, 2011 8:48 PM PDT

Use your favorite file manager to find files and folders created or modified since a certain time. You'll be amazed how many it are, so it isn't a really good tool, but it's the best there is.

Maybe better give your friends only access to the guest account in your PC? Then they can't install anything.


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Various options
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 17, 2011 8:51 PM PDT

But you may have to use them all. Windows doesn't present us with any easy to use "log of changes".

1] The Start menu.

This may or may not work, depending which User Account is used to install programs. All new programs should be highlighted here, (or in All programs), unless the user specifically selected to not add shortcuts to the Start Menu during the installation process.

2] Using Windows Explorer.

You can get this from the Start Menu > All programs > Accessories although the "Computer" icon on the desktop or in the Start Menu will work just as well.

Use the Search box top right hand corner. Click that and a small filter menu will display where you can select "Date Modified" and then select a date or period. For example if I chose "Yesterday", all files added to the drive since yesterday would be listed.

3] The Event Viewer.

This 'may' show installed applications.

4] Any obvious changes? Only you can tell that.

But I agree with Kees. Especially for "Friends", I would just let them use the Guest account. Any others can have Limited User accounts.


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