Spyme Tools is a free installation monitor for Windows that logs system changes that software installations make.
Many software programs have to be installed on a computer system before they can be used. The installation itself is not a transparent process because the user is not informed about Registry or file changes made during installation.
Most users would probably skip those information anyway, but monitoring software installations is a reliable way of determining if a software program makes changes to a computer system. The information is then useful in determining whether those modifications are legitimate, and when it comes to the uninstallation process.
SpyMe Tools is a software program that can monitor both file and registry changes caused by software installations. The application creates system snapshots before and after software installations to highlight the changes made during the installation of a program on the Windows PC.
These snapshots are then compared to each other and the differences are shown to the user. The program does require some manual work before it can be used effectively. The first step is to create a snapshot of the Windows Registry before the software installation.
After that it is necessary to switch to file mode and select the hard drives that should be monitored for changes. This usually includes the partition with the Windows operating system and the partition that the software gets installed to. The program creates a snapshot of the hard drives which it saves locally as well.
After both snapshots have been created start the software installation as you would normally. Once the software installation has been completed run a second scan of both the file system and Windows Registry. A click on the Compare button makes it then possible to compare both snapshots with each other to display the changes to both the file system and the Windows Registry that the software installer made.
The software installation monitor displays the information in a tree like view in the left window of the software program. If you compare the file system it will list all folders that have been changed in the file system since the creation of the first and second snapshot. The right window lists the file information including name, type and size.
SpyMe Tools are also providing access to a real time monitor that can either monitor the Windows Registry or the file system in specified locations. The real time mode is a bit harder to work with as all changes will be listed in one quickly growing table.
The downside to using the program is that you need to create snapshots regularly, best right before the installation of a new program on the system. If you forget to do that, you won't be able to find out what the installer changed on the computer.
Update: SpyMe Tools is no longer available, the developer website is down and it seems to have been abandoned. We have uploaded the latest release version of the program to our own server. You can download it with a click on the following link: SpyMe Tools
Note that we don't support SpyMe Tools in any way, and have uploaded the program for archiving purposes only.