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looking for a Windows event monitor

Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:13 pm

Every so often (a couple of times a day, anyway) a small window will pop up and overlay a (320x240?) section of my browser, then disappear. This happens far to fast to capture, certainly less than a tenth of a second in duration. I don't know what it is and I'm concerned it's something not good.

Perhaps Windows already has a tool that will tell me what it is/was, but I'm only familiar with Task Manager. I need something that logs everything that is brought to the forefront and provides a method for me to query the properties of the executable.

Any tips?
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:28 pm

In the search on Windows type event viewer, that's what you are looking for.
 
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:35 pm

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
In the search on Windows type event viewer, that's what you are looking for.

That only shows you things which are explicitly logged though. I think he's looking for something to let him monitor all window open/close activity.
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:16 pm

just brew it! wrote:
DragonDaddyBear wrote:
In the search on Windows type event viewer, that's what you are looking for.

That only shows you things which are explicitly logged though. I think he's looking for something to let him monitor all window open/close activity.

That is correct. Error logs are helpful, but a tool that simply shows what windows have been open/closed over x time will be much easier to sort through.

Having said that, this "information" entry is all over my logs:
DllHost (11700,G,0) The beta feature EseDiskFlushConsistency is enabled in ESENT due to the beta site mode settings 0x800000

There's a rather hairy thread on TechNet onthe topic, still not well addressed by MS, if you're interested.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Fo ... progeneral

Maybe I'll goof around with the event viewer tools and see if there's a link between my on-screen events and this logged item.
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:11 am

I used this little tool when I had similar issues with loss of window focus to pinpoint what caused it:
http://www.happydroid.com/focus

Keep it running in the background and it will print the active process name on a new line every time the focus changes.

There is also Process Explorer from MS which is like task manager on steroids so it might be helpful:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysint ... s-explorer
 
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:08 am

Sorry for the necro, but wanted to give credit to Demo and a recommendation for the tool he suggested. Worked like a charm.

The culprit, the thing I'd been worried about?

defrag.exe

Not even kidding. Even though I'd disabled it long ago, it still pops up at 12:05 PM every day to tell me ... something. What it's trying to tell me is the next mystery to solve, I guess.
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:40 am

Sounds like it was lonely.
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Re: looking for a Windows event monitor

Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:24 pm

demolition wrote:
I used this little tool when I had similar issues with loss of window focus to pinpoint what caused it:
http://www.happydroid.com/focus

Oh I needed a tool like this a while back! I'm definitively keeping this in my tools folder!

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