A free "system snapshot" tool might be just the ticket:
Greetings Fred from Los Lunas, NM: Long time Plus reader and learn something new all the time from your great newsletter.
I ran across a great little Freeware program and thought I would share it with my fellow readers. It is called "FileMap" and the link is http://www.dogkennels.net/filemap/ Here is a brief quote from the site:
Have you ever noticed how the number of files in your windows and system directories seem to mysteriously grow over time? Or, you might have already heard from victims of hijack programs describing how phantom files had taken control of their browsers, with no idea where they came from.
FileMap by BB lets you take control of the growing number of files on your system by making record lists of those in the Windows, the System, and the C: root directories so you can constantly check what has been added (or removed).
After uninstalling software, you really have no idea which phantom files will be left behind in your Windows or System folders. For some programs, during the uninstall process, you are even informed that a particular file(s) might be shared, & necessary for the operation of other applicationsprograms. You are then asked if you want to keep the file or remove it.
Hope others find it as useful as I have.
Regards, Plus Reader, Bob Law
Thanks, Bob! Could be very useful!...