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Is there any way to find out the recent files (programs) that has been run during the last few hours(days)?
(Something like browser history in IE/Firefox/Opera that gives a list of sites accessed sorted by date)

I need to know which programs(files) has been run during the last few hours.


Thanks for any kind of advice.
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by:torimar
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The recently launched programs are displayed in the Start Menu's left column. Does it not work for you?

You might also want to check the event viewer: Start > Search eventvwr.msc
Check the "Applications" branch.
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/edit: Start > Search > eventvwr.msc
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by:torimar
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If you suspect an intrusion, also check the history in the Run box:
WIN-Key + R
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torimar earned 2000 total points
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To sum this up: there is no way to get a full list of programs displayes that have been run in the last hours. If you wish to have a feature like this, you need to install third-party software. But that will only work for the future from now on, not for the past.
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by:senad
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what you need is this - Cool Info FX :
http://www.tometasoftware.com/products_cifx.asp
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by:torimar
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As I said above, this tool may help in the future, it will not help to find out what was running in the "past few hours" - which was the issue to be addressed.
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by:senad
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you can always also check your firewall logs ...
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by:MnInShdw
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thanks for all comments

1- Start menu lists the recent files but doesn't show the time. there may be an item in this list from yesterday or a week ago.
2- the applications log in event viewer doesn't show the name of application. There's a column named "Source" that shows"Security SPP" or " WMI" or "LoadProf" .... It doesn't show actually the name of an exact application (for example firefox/excel/adobe reader or ......)
3- the applied link above (http://www.tometasoftware.com/products_cifx.aspb) shows  an error in firefox and doesn't show anything.
4- even if I install a third party software, does it show me a list of application run on this pc during the last 3 hours? ( or this kind of third party softwares show this kind of lists after installation?)
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Cool Info FX will show you exact times ( + duration) ....
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