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                              ShellExView v1.13                              Copyright (c) 2003 - 2005 Nir Sofer                              Web Site: http://www.nirsoft.net                              Description                              ======

Shell Extensions are in-process COM objects which extends the abilities of Windows operating system. Most shell extensions are automatically installed by the operating system, but there are also many other applications that install additional shell extension components. For example: If you install WinZip on your computer, you'll see a special WinZip menu when you right-click on a Zip file. This menu is created by adding a shell extension to the system. The ShellExView utility displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer, and allows you to easily disable and enable each shell extension. ShellExView can be used for solving context-menu problems in Explorer environment. For more information, read the following article: Right-click is slow or weird behavior caused by context menu handlers Versions History

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15/07/2005 1.13 * New columns: File Attributes and File Size. * New option: Mark Suspicious Shell Extensions - mark in red color shell extensions with unusual file attribues (hidden/read-only) or with unusual file extensions. 21/06/2005 1.12 * New shell extension types: InfoTip Handler, Shell Link, Structure Storage, MetaData. * Multiple shell extensions with the same CLSID are now displayed in separated entries. * Added support for Windows XP style. 27/02/2005 1.11 * New shell extension type: URL Search Hook. * Open the CLSID key of the shell extension in RegEdit. * New column: File Extensions. 25/11/2004 1.10 * New columns: File Created Time, CLSID Modified Time, Microsoft. * New extensions types: Browser Helper Object, IE Toolbar, Explorer Bar, IE Extensions. * Choose columns dialog-box. * Auto-Size columns. * Find dialog-box. * HTML Reports. * Save as XML file. * Mark disabled items in gray color. * Mark non-Microsoft extensions in pink color. * Ability to translate to other languages. 23/08/2003 1.01 Critical bug from previous version (1.00) was fixed: In some circumstances, after disabling a shell extension and then enabling it again, the shell extension continued to be disabled, even if ShellExView show that it's enabled. 05/06/2003 1.00 First Release. License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification ! Disclaimer

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The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason. Using ShellExView

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The ShellExView is a standalone executable. It doesn't require any installation process or additional DLLs. Just copy it to any folder you want, and run it. After you run it, wait a few seconds until ShellExView loads all shell extensions items. The main window of ShellExView displays the details of all shell extensions in 12 different columns: Extension Name The name of the shell extension, as it appears in the Registry. Disabled Tells you whether the shell extension is disabled. Type The type of the shell extension. There are more than 10 different types of shell extensions. For more information about the types of shell extensions, see the table below. Description Description of the shell extension item. This information is extracted from the DLL file that contains this shell extension. Version Version of the shell extension item. This information is extracted from the DLL file that contains this shell extension. Product Name The name of the product that created this shell extension. This information is extracted from the DLL file that contains this shell extension. Company The name of the company that created this shell extension. My Computer Tells you whether the "My Computer" folder contains this shell extension. This column is only relevant to "Shell Folder" extensions. Desktop Tells you whether the "Desktop" folder contains this shell extension. This column is only relevant to "Shell Folder" extensions. Control Panel Tells you whether the "Control Panel" folder contains this shell extension. This column is only relevant to "Shell Folder" extensions under Windows 2000/XP. Filename The filename that contains this shell extension. CLSID The CLSID of this shell extension. File Created Time The creation time of the extension dll. You can use this field in order to find out when the extension was installed on your system. CLSID Modified Time The Modified Time of CLSID in the Registry. Only available under Windows NT/2000/XP. Microsoft Specifies whether the extension was created by Microsoft ('Yes' value) or by other company ('No' value). File Extensions Specifies a list of file extensions (like .txt, .html) that use this shell extension. File Attributes Specifies the attributes of the shell extension file. (H for hidden, R for read-only, and so on) File Size Specifies the size (in bytes) of the shell extension file. There are more than 10 types of shell extension, here's a small description for each type: Shell Folder Provides special system folders like "Printers", "Fonts", "Recycle Bin", and more... Context Menu Provides the ability to add new items to the context menu of particular file type. Drag & Drop Handler Provides the ability to add new items to the context menu that appears when you drag a file with right mouse button. Icon Handler Provides the ability to dynamically assign icons to file objects. Copy Hook Handler This type of shell extension is called when a file is moved, copies, renamed or deleted. Drop Handler Provides the ability to control the "Drop" behavior of files. Data Handler Provides the ability to copy files/objects to the clipboard. Property Sheet Property Sheet dialog boxes. Search Handler Provides the ability to create a system search engine (Like the standard "Search For Files or Folders" module) Column Handler Provides the ability to add new columns to the details view of Explorer window. Thumbnail Provides the ability to display images in "Thumbnail" view. Browser Helper Object Provides the ability to customize and control the Internet Explorer browser. IE Toolbar Provides the ability to add new toolbars into Internet Explorer (like Yahoo! Toolbar) Explorer Bar Provides the ability to add Explorer bars to Internet Explorer. URL Search Hook Browser extension stored under Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\URLSearchHooks. System All other types of shell extensions that ShellExView utility cannot recognize are categorized as "System" type. Disable/Enable Shell Extensions

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The ShellExView utility allows you to disable and enable the shell extensions components on your system. In order to disable or enable a shell extension item, select the desired item, and from the File menu (or from the pop-up menu) select the appropriate option - "Enable Selected Items" or "Disable Selected Items". Here's 2 examples of useful things that you can do with this feature: * Context Menu: Some applications, like WinZip, CuteFTP, and others, add some items to the context menu when you right-click on a file in explorer window. If you disable the appropriate shell extension, you won't get these additional menu items. In order to locate the desired shell extension item: 1. Sort the extensions list by the "Type" column and look at all "Context Menu" items. 2. Search the application that creates the menu you want to disable. The icon near each item can help to locate the desired shell extension. * Shell Folder: When you enter into some special folders like "History" and "Temporary Internet Files", you don't see the real file system, but the a virtual folder that the shell extension create for you. If you want to watch the real file system inside "History" or "Temporary Internet Files", you can disable the appropriate shell extension items. Add/Remove special folders to "My Computer" and "Desktop" folders

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Some special shell folders like "Printers", "Recycle Bin", "Scheduled Tasks", "Network and Dial-up Connections", "Mobile Device", and others can be added (and be removed) to "My Computer", "Desktop", and even to "Control Panel" (Only in Windows 2000) by using the ShellExView utility. For Example: Under Windows 2000, you can add the "Printers", "Recycle Bin", and "Scheduled Tasks" folders to "My Computer". In order to do that, select the item that you want to add or remove (You can only use "Shell Folder" items) and from the File menu, select the appropriate add/remove option. Be aware that you cannot add any shell folder to "My Computer" or "Desktop" folders. For example: adding the "Administrative Tools" folder to "My Computer" won't work properly as you might expect. Mark Suspicious Shell Extensions

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Most shell extensions use standard file extensions (.dll, .ocx or .cpl) as well as they usually don't turn on their system attribues (read-only/hidden/system). If ShellExView detect shell extension with unusual file extension or with unusual attribute (e.g: shell extension dll that is marked as hidden in the file system), it'll be marked in red color. It's recommended to deeply check these unusual shell extensions to insure that they are not unwanted malicious programs that penetrated into your system. Command-line options

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/stext Save the list of shell extensions into a regular text file. /stab Save the list of shell extensions into a tab-delimited text file. /stabular Save the list of shell extensions into a tabular text file. /shtml Save the list of shell extensions into HTML file. /sverhtml Save the list of shell extensions into vertical HTML file. /xml Save the list of shell extensions into XML file. /NoLoadSettings Run ShellExView without loading your last settings. (window position, columns size, etc. ) Translating ShellExView to the languages

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In order to translate ShellExView to other language, follow the instructions below: 1. Run ShellExView with /savelangfile parameter: shexview.exe /savelangfile A file named shexview_lng.ini will be created in the folder of ShellExView utility. 2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor. 3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window. 4. After you finish the translation, Run ShellExView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file. If you want to run ShellExView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder. Feedback

=== If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com