Cheat Engine, commonly abbreviated as CE, is a free memory scanner/hex editor created by Eric "Dark Byte" Heijnen for the Windows operating system. Cheat Engine is used for cheating in computer games, and is often modified and recompiled to evade detection. This program resembles L. Spiro's "Memory Hacking Software", Tsearch, and ArtMoney. It searches for values input by the user with a wide variety of options that allow the user to find and sort through the memory database. Cheat Engine can also create standalone trainers that can operate independently of Cheat Engine.