Compare

The Compare feature allows the user to compare two existing logs. The outcome of this feature is a set of items not common to both logs. It is suitable if you want to keep track of changes in the system, a helpful tool for detecting activity of malicious code.

After it is launched, the application creates a new log which is displayed in a new window. Navigate to File > Save log to save a log to a file. Log files can be opened and viewed at a later time. To open an existing log, use File > Open log. In the main program window, ESET SysInspector always displays one log at a time.

The benefit of comparing two logs is that you can view a currently active log and a log saved in a file. To compare logs, use the option File > Compare log and choose Select file. The selected log will be compared to the active one in the main program windows. The comparative log will display only the differences between those two logs.

NOTE: If you compare two log files, select File > Save log to save it as a ZIP file; both files are saved. If you open this file later, the contained logs are automatically compared.

Next to the displayed items, ESET SysInspector shows symbols identifying differences between the compared logs.

Items marked by a SINSP_COMP_ICONS_REMOVED can only be found in the active log and were not present in the opened comparative log. Items marked by a SINSP_COMP_ICONS_ADDED were present only in the opened log and are missing in the active one.

Description of all symbols that can be displayed next to items:

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_ADDED new value, not present in the previous log

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_ADDED_IN_BRANCH tree structure section contains new values

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_REMOVED removed value, present in the previous log only

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_REMOVED_IN_BRANCH tree structure section contains removed values

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_REPLACED value / file has been changed

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_REPLACED_IN_BRANCH tree structure section contains modified values / files

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_GOT_LOWER the risk level has decreased / it was higher in the previous log

SINSP_COMP_ICONS_GOT_HIGHER the risk level has increased / it was lower in the previous log

The explanation section displayed in the left bottom corner describes all symbols and also displays the names of logs which are being compared.

SINSP_COMP_BAR

Any comparative log can be saved to a file and opened at a later time.

Example

Generate and save a log, recording original information about the system, to a file named previous.xml. After changes to the system have been made, open ESET SysInspector and allow it to generate a new log. Save it to a file named current.xml.

In order to track changes between those two logs, navigate to File > Compare logs. The program will create a comparative log showing differences between the logs.

The same result can be achieved if you use the following command line option:

SysIsnpector.exe current.xml previous.xml