looking for all of the executables on a drive

Miss Identify is a program to find Win32 applications. In its default mode it displays the filename of any executable that does not have an executable extension (i.e. exe, dll, com, sys, cpl, hxs, hxi, olb, rll, or tlb). The program can also be run to display all executables encountered, regardless of the extension. This is handy when looking for all of the executables on a drive. Other options allow the user to record the strings found in an executable and to work recursively. See the manual page for more information.

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  1. Nelda C. Rosa

    Some operating systems designate executable files by filename extension (such as .exe ) or noted alongside the file in its metadata (such as by marking an “execute” permission in Unix-like operating systems). Most also check that the file has a valid executable file format to safeguard against random bit sequences inadvertently being run as instructions. Modern operating systems retain control over the computer’s resources, requiring that individual programs make system calls to access privileged resources. Since each operating system family features its own system call architecture, executable files are generally tied to specific operating systems, or families of operating systems.

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