Thread: Am I looking for tracing/event/debugging software?? I can't remember :(

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    Am I looking for tracing/event/debugging software?? I can't remember :(

    Hi All,
    About 4 years ago I was trying to figure out why a program on Windows I was testing was dying. Someone pointed me onto some software that really helped me analyse what was going on. It was a free download, it gave me info like:-

    Files opened/closed, libraries used, other programs invoked, protocols, milliseconds, etc. I was able to turn it on, run my program then go back to it to see what had actually happened.

    It was brilliant, but the problem is I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. I've been googling for 2 days now trying to find something like it but to no avail

    Hoping someone here has an idea of what I'm on about...



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    API Spy. It's not free, but it's cheap ($17).

    A free alternative would be the Microsoft Detours research package. This package allows generalized instruction interception (not just function hooking, but hooking directly at the single instruction level). It comes with numerous examples, one of which is a complete API tracer. And you can customize the examples to your liking.

    If you decide to go with Detours I'd be happy to answer any questions, since I'm very familiar with it.
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    Do you mean something like this? OllyDbg v1.10

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    Thanks guys all those links look good. I can stop pulling my hair out now


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