Today I have got a tool for you named WebSiteSniffer that will help you to capture all the website files that are downloaded by your web browser while browsing the internet and are stored on your hard drive in a folder which will be chosen by you. The tool will also allow you the facility to choose from the various file types that you can capture like HTML, XML, TEXT, Flash, Images, Scripts and Video or Audio files.
The tool will give you all the statistics about the file being downloaded for every website or hostname as well as some general statistics like total size of all files including the compressed and the uncompressed files and total number of files of every type including all the files types HTML, XML, TEXT, Flash, Images etc. The software will work on the all the version of windows starting from Windows 2000 to Windows 7. The tool also has some limitations like it can’t capture files from a secured website(HTTPS) and it may lose some data packets while downloading from a large file from a fast internet connection resulting in a corrupt file. The tool will not be able to capture the files if they are taken from the cache of your web browser but in this case there is a solution you can clear the cache of your browser or for the Firefox users you can use the ‘Start Private Browsing’ option.
This is the first window that will open when you will run the software for the first time after downloading it. The software doesn’t require installation as by default it will run the .exe file. The various toolbar options available in the software are File, Edit, View, Options and Help.
The File menu has options like Start Capture, Stop Capture, Open Website Folder, Save Selected Items, Properties and Clear All Selected Items. The shortcuts for all these are also mention beside them. The Start Capture and Stop Capture option are used to start and stop the capture of the packets. Open Website Folder will open the folder where the packets have been stored.
Edit menu has some basic options like Find, Copy Selected Items, Select All and Deselect All. Find option is to find a particular webpage. The Select All and Deselect All options are used to select and deselect all the items present.
The View menu contains options like Show Grid Lines, Show Tool Tips, HTML Report – All Items, HTML Report – Selected Items, Choose Columns and Auto Size Columns. The Show Grid Lines is used to show the grid lines between columns. HTML report can be generated either for all the items or selected items using the HTML Report – All Items and HTML Report – Selected Items options. The Choose Columns is used to select what all columns do you want to see in the tool.
The Options menu has two options i.e. Capture On Program Start and Capture Options.
The Capture options will help you to choose the network adapter from which you want to watch the data packets. You can also select the File Types that you want to capture out off the various file types available.