Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

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Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#1 Post by webfork » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:08 am

Note: This thread is primarily for software testers.

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So I spent last night working on testing some applications:
  • USB Webserver 8.1 - portable: pass - fortunately still very stealth so there were no issues at all in testing and updating.
  • SDExplorer 2.1.1.141 - (integrates Microsoft SkyDrive into the explorer) - portable: fail - the program has no EXE and modifies Explorer.exe in a way I couldn't decipher. Its possible this program could be configured to work portably, but it certainly doesn't seem easy.
  • Logviewer Pro - portable: unknown - 3 second nagware - saves to local INI file, but has some odd registry entries (see below)
  • Spider Player (kind of a Quintessential Player-lite) - portable: probably - one registry entry type I haven't seen before (see below)
  • QueVue (Netflix interface tool) - portable: unknown (see below)
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So I need some help deciphering some of the registry changes as to whether or not they qualify as portable. I'm still learning this process and interested in expanding the PFW database with new and different software, as well as working with developers to help them make less registry-dependent software.

Spider Player
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    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1}\FilesNamedMRU\000
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Hardware Profiles\0001\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI\VEN_1274&DEV_1371&SUBSYS_13711274&REV_02\4&47B7341&0&1088\DirectSound\Speaker Configuration]
    "Speaker Configuration"=dword:00140004
    I'm assuming the top one is a file type registry of some type and the second is a hardware-related issue. This is a clean copy of XP so it may do that with any audio program, I'm not sure.
QueVue
  • A single EXE made me hopeful this was a fully self-contained software. Was not able to log in to a netflix account due to network issues so this test is incompelte, but here's what I got with RegFromApp and RegWatcher:

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    Regwatcher test:
    hkey_users\S-1-5-21-1177238915-362288127-725345543-500\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer
    
    RegFromApp test:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache]
    "C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\{2393A988-6863-4915-B38D-6E5D4E702244}\QueVue.exe"="QueVue
LogViewer Pro
  • Just opening and closing, it saves to an INI file in the same directory. Promising. Creates a few registry entries that might still be considered portable:

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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU]
    "MRUListEx"=hex(3):04,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
    00,FF,FF,FF,FF
    "NodeSlots"=hex(3):02,02,02,02,02,02,02,02,02,02,02,02
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\4\0]
    "NodeSlot"=dword:0000000c
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\12\Shell]
    "FolderType"="Documents"
    But when you click the "open log" button:

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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\LastVisitedMRU]
    "b"=hex(3):4C,00,6F,00,67,00,56,00,69,00,65,00,77,00,2E,00,65,00,78,00,65,\
    00,00,00,43,00,3A,00,5C,00,44,00,6F,00,63,00,75,00,6D,00,65,00,6E,00,74,00,\
    73,00,20,00,61,00,6E,00,64,00,20,00,53,00,65,00,74,00,74,00,69,00,6E,00,67,\
    00,73,00,5C,00,41,00,64,00,6D,00,69,00,6E,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,72,00,61,00,\
    74,00,6F,00,72,00,5C,00,44,00,65,00,73,00,6B,00,74,00,6F,00,70,00,5C,00,52,\
    00,65,00,67,00,57,00,61,00,74,00,63,00,68,00,65,00,72,00,00,00
    "MRUList"="ba"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\log]
    "a"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\Administrator\\Desktop\\RegWatcher\\MJRegWatchKeys.log"
    "MRUList"="a"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\*]
    "d"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\Administrator\\Desktop\\RegWatcher\\MJRegWatchKeys.log"
    "MRUList"="dcba"
    This doesn't look portable but I gotta ask; the program could be a sysadmin's good friend.
Any help on this one is appreciated.
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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#2 Post by Napiophelios » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:05 pm

I would consider Logviewer Pro to be portable based on the reg trace info you supplied.
But the first reg entry for SpiderPlayer is questionable to me,the second is fairly common for most apps (and lots of games) that deal with audio.The first I have just never seen before,but MRU usually is benign I would think.Funny tho,looks like one of the reg entries is for RegWatcher.
The QueView looks like its mapping the exe's path:does it operate from the temp folder like IconSushi or the like?If so I would still call it a keeper.

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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#3 Post by Ruby » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:47 am

Spider Player

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HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars\{C4EE31F3-4768-11D2-BE5C-00A0C9A83DA1}\FilesNamedMRU\000
When you search for files/folders they are recorded in this key.

There should also be some adjacent keys under that GUID, one of which is 'ContainingTextMRU' (self-explanatory).

They will show up in Explorer's drop-down upon next search.

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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#4 Post by webfork » Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:34 am

One more test:

Paint.Net 2 Go

I misread the article and thought it said .NET libraries were included. I ran some quick tests on it and it still requires .NET v2. Shame.

Nifty all the same: a quick-and-dirty test with ProcessActivityView and RegFromApp does seem to indicate its that its portable.

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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#5 Post by webfork » Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:40 am

Ruby wrote:When you search for files/folders they are recorded in this key
Cool, thanks.
Napiophelios wrote:The QueView looks like its mapping the exe's path:does it operate from the temp folder like IconSushi or the like?
@Nap: Thanks for your response -- I still need to check this.

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Re: QueVue test

#6 Post by webfork » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:03 pm

QueVue appears to require Internet Explorer. The program is essentially a NetFlix-specific RSS viewer, but since just about any program supporting RSS features can do this through NetFlix's own RSS feature, I don't think adding it to the database would serve much purpose.

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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#7 Post by I am Baas » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:35 pm

@webfork

Logviewer Pro is portable but the freeware for home use version has a 15 seconds popup nag screen at the start of the application.

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Annoying.

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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#8 Post by webfork » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:52 pm

I am Baas wrote:Annoying.
Agreed

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Re: Various tests: Logviewer Pro, Spider Player, and QueVue

#9 Post by guinness » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:58 pm

Strange that author of Universal Viewer would have this screen, when you consider Universal Viewer doesn't have it.

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