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« on: June 28, 2010, 01:12:00 AM »

Quite a few times I use web installers that silently download the required software and install them.
I always want to find out
(1) what files do they download,
(2) where do they put the files after the download and
(3) the url from which the files are downloaded

I get the information for (3) & (1) from UrlSnooper.
Is there a way to get the information for (2) i.e. the path to the folder where the web installer puts the downloaded files?
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 07:10:34 AM »

you can't get that information from url snooper, BUT it's almost certainly going to be in one of the system Temp folders.. if you keep an eye on them you can usually spot the new directory being created.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 09:17:39 AM »

To see where files are being downloaded to you could use SandBoxie. Run the web installer with Sandboxie making sure you start with an empty sandbox, then explore the contents of the sandbox during installation or afterwards.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010, 10:50:11 AM »

you can't get that information from url snooper, BUT it's almost certainly going to be in one of the system Temp folders.. if you keep an eye on them you can usually spot the new directory being created.
The problem is, its not always the temp folder. Many times I have seen them getting downloaded at places like "Application Data", "Windows", "Programs Files/Application", etc and what not.

Any other software that gives give this information.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010, 11:20:52 AM »

To see where files are being downloaded to you could use SandBoxie. Run the web installer with Sandboxie making sure you start with an empty sandbox, then explore the contents of the sandbox during installation or afterwards.
I just tried Sandboxie. It showed a zillion files, but couldn't figure out which was the one being downloaded. I couldn't find any file with the file name that appeared in the downloaded url in UrlSnooper.
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