MJ Registry Watcher
A simple registry, file and directory poller to safeguard computer system
Pros & Cons:
MJ Registry Watcher ("MJRW") is another application that maybe not too many people are aware of. It is a simple registry, file and directory hooker/poller that safeguards the most important startup files, registry keys, and other more exotic registry locations commonly attacked by Trojans.
It has very low resource use, and is set to poll every 30 seconds by default, although you can adjust this if required. A configuration file stores all your settings for future use. MJRW not only polls the system, but it also hooks it, so that most changes to keys, files and directories are reported instantaneously. Key deletions are still caught by the polling loop though, since they cannot be hooked. Exactly which keys and files are protected can be completely configured by the user, although the sets supplied with MJRW will cover most standard PCs.
You do need better than average knowledge to get the best from this software but users in this category who prefer to combine small light applications to create a layered security solution should definitely check it out. Installation is not required, simply run the program from whichever directory you un-zip it to.
The program now also includes: Process Launch Monitoring, Folder and File Hooking, EMailing of Alerts and Quarantining of Files and Directories.
There is an active thread for this software at Wilders forum here. The author, Mark Jacobs, also maintains a range of other free software on his website and will respond to emails for support if requested.
MJ Registry Watcher was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on