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Hello.  i'm looking for a program out there that will show what URL a program is accessing to get data.
I have a program that goes out and fetches information every 15 minutes or so but doesn't have a button to make it go get the data automatically.  so i need some way of logging what url the program is going out to fetch data from.  there are only a couple programs on the system that accesses the internet regularly so just something that will monitor url requests in some way and log them or something.  and i need the complete url, not just the main page like someurl.com.  to get the data i'm sure the program must post some data to the url or perhaps they send an entire url string like someurl.com?myvar=111 or something.  it's a weather related program that gets current conditions.  i just need to see where it's getting the info!!

Thanks !!
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Wireshark (formerly ethereal) is a good packet sniffer. When run it will capture any packets visible from the network card on the local machine (both local and anything in the same segment).  You can also set filters to only capture specific types of traffic to make it easier to interpret. You can get it here:
http://www.wireshark.org/
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i need something that i don't need to reboot the server to get it running : )
that's a nice program but almost seems a bit overkill...no doubt it would probably get the job done.
just didn't know if it could be done without having to reboot the machine to get it working.  this is a production machine that cannot just be rebooted any ole time.
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I don't believe you do need to reboot to install, at least I haven't had to on any of our servers I've put it on. In any case is this for a windows system? I'm sure I can find others but I've had really good luck with that one.
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yea it's for a windows server...windows 2000.
there's this one exe i know is going to a url to post/get data.  i need to know the url string it's going to!
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Here is a list from about of various free sniffers for windows. I would try installing one or more on a different machine to test it out and then consider putting it on the server. If ther server is plugged in to a hub (or a switch with monitoring capabilities) you don't even need to install it on the server, just install it on a workstation on the same network segment (or with access to the monitored packets). http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/hackertools/a/aafreepacsniff.htm
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I should also note that windows has some built in network monitoring tools though I haven't used them. Heres some links to info:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/243270
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301989
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