Copyright (c) 2012 Nir Sofer
LastActivityView is a tool for Windows operating system that collects information from various sources on a running system,
and displays a log of actions made by the user and events occurred on this computer.
The activity displayed by LastActivityView includes: Running .exe file, Opening open/save dialog-box, Opening file/folder from Explorer or other software,
software installation, system shutdown/start, application or system crash, network connection/disconnection and more...
You can easily export this information into csv/tab-delimited/xml/html file or copy it to the clipboard and then paste into Excel or other software.
This utility works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 8.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.
This tool gathers information from various sources, including the Registry, the events log of Windows, the Prefetch folder of Windows (C:\windows\Prefetch), the MiniDump folder of Windows
(C:\Windows\Minidump), and more...
The accuracy and the availability of the information displayed by LastActivityView might be different from one system to another. For example, if the user or a software makes changes in the Registry,
the action time displayed by LastActivityView might be wrong, because it's based on the modified time of some Registry keys.
Also, for every type of action/event, there is some limitation according to the way that the information is saved in the system.
For example, the 'Select file in open/save dialog-box' action is limited for one action of every file extension, so if the user opened 2 .doc files with the open/save dialog-box, only the last one will be displayed.
- Version 1.01:
- Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to make it easier to read a single line.
- Version 1.00 - First release.
Start Using LastActivityView
LastActivityView doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it,
simply run the executable file - LastActivityView.exe
After you run LastActivityView, it scans your computer and displays all actions and events found on your system.
You can select one or more items and then save them into xml/html/csv/tab-delimited file (Ctrl+S) or copy them to the clipboard (Ctrl+C), and then
paste the data to Excel or other software.
The following actions and events are currently supported by LastActivityView:
- Run .EXE file:
.EXE file run directly by the user, or by another software/service running in the background.
- Select file in open/save dialog-box:
The user selected the specified filename from the standard Save/Open dialog-box of Windows.
- Open file or folder:
The user opened the specified filename from Windows Explorer or from another software.
- View Folder in Explorer:
The user viewed the specified folder in Windows Explorer.
- Software Installation:
The specified software has been installed or updated.
- System Started:
The computer has been started.
- System Shutdown:
The system has been shut down, directly by the user, or by a software that initiated a reboot.
- Resumed from sleep:
The computer has been resumed from sleep mode.
- Network Connected:
Network connected, after previously disconnected.
- Network Disconnected:
Network has been disconnected
- Software Crash:
The specified software has been crashed.
- Software stopped responding (hang):
The specified software stopped responding.
- Blue Screen:
Blue screen event has been occurred on the system.
- User Logon:
The user logged on to the system.
- User Logoff:
The user logged off from the system. This even might caused by a software that initiated a reboot.
- Restore Point Created:
Restore point has been created by Windows operating system.
- Windows Installer Started
- Windows Installer Ended
||Save the actions and events list into a regular text file.
||Save the actions and events list into a tab-delimited text file.
||Save the actions and events list into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
||Save the actions and events list into a tabular text file.
||Save the actions and events list into HTML file (Horizontal).
||Save the actions and events list into HTML file (Vertical).
||Save the actions and events list into XML file.
Translating LastActivityView to other languages
In order to translate LastActivityView to other language, follow the instructions below:
- Run LastActivityView with /savelangfile parameter:
A file named LastActivityView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of LastActivityView utility.
- Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
- Translate all string entries to the desired language.
Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site.
(TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be
used in the 'About' window.
- After you finish the translation, Run LastActivityView, and all translated
strings will be loaded from the language file.
If you want to run LastActivityView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move
it to another folder.
This utility is released as freeware.
You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM,
Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't
sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product.
If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in
the distribution package, without any modification !
The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied,
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental,
consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.
If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility,
you can send a message to email@example.com
LastActivityView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of
LastActivityView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'lastactivityview_lng.ini',
and put it in the same folder that you Installed LastActivityView utility.