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    Eureka

    My friend and I both use Win 7 Pro with SP1 and we both have a folder named EurekaLog in our Users\AppData\Roaming folders.Does anyone know what the Eureka folder relates to?
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    Does this link help with your question? http://www.eurekalog.com/index_delphi.php
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    Paul, thanks for the link, which refers to a program called Delphi,but neither I nor my friend have ever used that program,so the file on our systems must relate to something else.

    Do you,or does anyone,have any other ideas?
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    I expect that some how you have Delhi or SmartInspect installed or had at one time installed a program that uses EurekaLog. As above link shows and Google it is often a part of Delhi or C++builder. If you open the folder you can check if there is an .exe file and click it to see what opens. Then you can decide whether to keep or uninstall the program that is using it.
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    Clive,I have never had Delphi or SmartInspect installed.There was no .exe file in the folder,just a .log file which I have now deleted. I still have no idea what it was for.
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    http://www.eurekalog.com/index_delphi.php

    My advice, get rid of it & check there is nothing sounding similar in the Programs & Features list. IF, you know how, clean it out via regedit… IF, you don't know how, please ask before trying! IF, I found it in a client's machine, it & anything associated to it, would be gone, immediately.

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    EurekaLog appears to be a genuine debug and analysis tool as demonstrated by the website that Drew linked to and by the support forum here. Malware doesn't often come with genuine whois entries.

    To balance earlier comments, I never remove installed software (or associated data log files) that are not clearly malicious from a client's machine without discussing it with the client first. Deleting somebody else's data is a dangerous path to follow unless one has authorisation.

    That said, perhaps a more pertinent question would be how the tool's log files came to be on both machines if the OP and their friend do not use the tool? As far as I can see it's not malware, so we are left wondering how it got there. Previous owners? Local repair shop? Errant software? Without further background only speculation is possible.
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    These things tend to oft 'creep in' unknowingly to the User, along w/ something else (intended) or piggyback on top of, w/in or under other websites.

    I'm sorry, I have been in this business a while now & I don't trust such things, don't think they are needed or good ideas to have or use. They make me nervous, they are rarely free & I have come (from experience) to prefer they not be in modern machines.

    A clean, well maintained computer w/ good security, in my opinion can be such w/out adding these kinds of utilities & any 'data' they have acquired is not a loss. Just 1 IT Pro's point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    These things tend to oft 'creep in' unknowingly to the User, along w/ something else (intended) or piggyback on top of, w/in or under other websites.
    In general Drew, I'm pretty much in agreement with you. One just has to look at what happens when you download Adobe Reader or Java. Google toolbar, or Ask are offered and set by default to be installed.

    To me though, in this case, it feels different. The tool, if genuine, appears to be a debugger used in software development. Such tools are rarely if ever offered via the backdoor installation route because they are so specialised. There is little point in giving away a software debugging tool through an advertising channel, when it's audience is a tiny fraction of the user base out there.

    If we take on face value the OP's comment that neither he nor his friend installed the tool, nor a software development environment, and accept that a backdoor delivery method for this type of tool is less likely, it leaves uneasy (or at least unexplained) open questions about the installation route of that software on those machines.
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    If it's a debugging tool, perhaps it was delivered as part of another program. Perhaps a beta version of some software still had the debugger included. It's happened before.

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    Hi and thanks for all the comments.

    The machines in question were never owned by any other user, and I am very careful when downloading anything to watch out for any piggybacked options. The only thought that occurs to me is that a while ago I downloaded CapsaCola Professional from Giveaway of the Day. I found it too complex for me and uninstalled it using Revo Uninstaller Pro and doing a thorough manual search for any remains, including using regedit. I suppose the EurekaLog file could have been to do with that program.

    At any rate, as previously stated I deleted the file.

    Thanks to all who contributed to this thread.

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    Cool, Roy. You're welcome.

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    To finally conclude this thread, out of curiosity I decided to install the free version of Colasoft Capsa 7, and it created a Eureka.Log file. As mentioned earlier the program is too complex for me so I have deleted it.

    Best regards,Roy
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