AskStrider: What Has Changed on My Machine Lately? (13 Jan 2004)
AskStrider automatically scans a system for active components, matches them against a change log to identify recently updated and hence more interesting state, and searches for context information to help users understand the changes. We use several real-world cases to demonstrate the effectiveness of using AskStrider to quickly identify the presence of unwanted software, to determine if a software patch is potentially breaking an application, and to detect lingering components left over from an unclean uninstallation.
Article URL: http://research.microsoft.com/research/pubs/view.aspx?tr_id=704
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