Sunday, April 7, 2013

OSForensics: Free Computer Investigation Tool

OSForensics is a new digital investigation tool which lets you extract forensic data or uncover hidden information from computers. OSForensics has a number of unique features which make the discovery of relevant forensic data even faster, such as high-performance deep file searching and indexing, e-mail and e-mail archive searching and the ability to analyze recent system activity and active memory. OSForensics can build and let you view an events timeline which shows you the context and time of activities. You can even recover data and files that have been deleted by users. OSForensics comes with a built-in file viewer which lets you examine a file contents, properties and meta-data, as well as an e-mail viewer which is compatible with most popular mail client formats.

Search within Files

If the basic file search functionality is not enough, OSForensics can also create an index of the files on a hard disk. This allows for lightning fast searches for text contained inside the documents. Powered by the technology behind Wrensoft's acclaimed Zoom Search Engine.

Search for Emails

An additional feature of being able to search within files is the ability to search email archives. The indexing process can open and read most popular email file formats (including pst) and identify the individual messages.

This allows for a fast text content search of any emails found on a system

Recover Deleted Files

After a file has been deleted, even once removed from the recycling bin, it often still exists until another new file takes its place on the hard drive. OSForensics can track down this ghost file data and attempt to restore it back to useable state on the hard drive.

Uncover Recent Activity

Find out what users have been up to. OSForensics can uncover the user actions performed recently on the system, including but not limited to:
* Opened Documents
* Web Browsing History
* Connected USB Devices
* Connected Network Shares

Collect System Information

Find out what's inside the computer. Detailed information about the hardware a system is running on:
* CPU type and number of CPUs
* Amount and type of RAM
* Installed Hard Drives
* Connected USB devices
* and much more.

View Active Memory

Look directly at what is currently in the systems main memory. Attempt to uncover passwords and other sensitive information that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Select from a list of active processes on the system to inspect. OSF can also dump their memory to a file on disk for later inspection.

Extract Logins and Passwords

Recover usernames and passwords from recently accessed websites in common web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.


* Feature restricted edition: Free
* Professional edition: US$499

Free Version Limitations

* Web browser screen capture: Image is watermarked                               
* List and Search for Alternate File Streams: N/A
* Sort Files by Color: N/A
* Multi-core acceleration for file decryption: N/A
* Customizable System Information Gathering: N/A
* Import / Export Hash Sets: N/A
* Manage Cases: Limited to 3 cases at a time
* Disk indexing and searching: Limited to 200,000 files or EMails
* Restore Deleted Files: Limited to one file at a time.


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