Re: Can you figure out what tools produced a PDF?

Subject: Re: Can you figure out what tools produced a PDF?
From: Lee Fisher <blibbet -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 12:39:23 -0800

> SysInternal's Process Explorer. Start logging before you do your PDF
> stuff, then stop logging, and use ProcExplorer's filtering abilities to
> search just for this dll name. That should show you how the DLL is used
> in the system, and by what app(s).
>
> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

Hmm, I may've gotten my tools mixed up. I might've been describing OSR's FileSpy, not Process Explorer, I forget. :-) OSR and SysInternals both have similar useful system tools.

You might be able to use Process Explorer to figure out who is using this DLL. But if not, here are two more tools that'll help: IRP Tracker and FileSpy.

IRP Tracker
http://www.osronline.com/article.cfm?article=199

FileSpy
http://www.osronline.com/article.cfm?article=370
http://www.zezula.net/en/fstools/filespy.html

Both FileSpy and IrpTracker will show more details about any I/O happening in the system. That includes the app that is opening the DLL you're searching for. Both tools track Windows IRPs, I/O Request Packets. IRPs are the low level I/O packets used by Windows kernel/drivers. Tracking IRPs shows you all the various drivers and system components that are involved with that IRP. This will show you more details. One of them only works on a 32-bit system, no Win64 support.

HTH
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Re: Re: Can you figure out what tools produced a PDF?: From: Nancy Allison
Re: Can you figure out what tools produced a PDF?: From: Lee Fisher

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