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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:03 pm

- cdoman
If you are looking for a collection of tools that runs on windows and is free, check out
OsForensics (Mentioned earlier)
Helix (Acts as a Linux boot disk but when mounted in windows provides free tools such as those by Nirsoft)
Backtrack Linux (You can run it in a virtual machine on windows)


Hi Cdoman, thanks for the reply much appreciated Smile , I was not aware of Helix and seems like a pretty awesome one to analyse, test and write a portion of my report on thanks for the recontamination Smile
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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:05 pm

- Trusquin
Bonjour à tous,

I'm almost done with the preparation of a one-day course "Freeware in Computer Forensics" that will take place in February 2013. Here are my observations from this one month prep: 1) A one-day presentation is not enough to present all the valuable free tools available, 2) There's a difference between a real freeware and the following: (a) free for personal purpose, (b) free to download, (c) free with paid registration, (d) shareware, (e) trialware.

Some website are definitely misleading (when displaying "free for download" for instance) and some other don't state their case clearly. Which lead me to check systematically on the site of the programmer to check the status of the software. I finally managed to have some 40-50 freeware (free for personnal and commercial/organizational) package.

Most serious sites I noted are:
1) forensiccontrol.com/re...-software/
2) sourceforge.net/
3) www.nirsoft.net/
4) www.techsupportalert.com/
5) opensource.ebswift.com/

I will refrain from mentionning the one I don't recommend...

To answer the initial posting: I used to work for 16 years for a law enforcement agency and I was a fan of FTK (their FTK Imager is free and is a very good place to start a computer forensics career!!). But I recently came accross a new computer forensics software...absolutly free: DFF (http://www.digital-forensic.org/) that is doing the job and that I would recommend as the master software of a freeware kit for computer forensic specialist.

Regards,

Trusquin


Hi Trusquin,

Thanks for the reply much appreciated :). You have made some amazing contributions there all of which i will investigate especially DFF it seems to be a pretty good one to write a portion of my report on. I look forward to testing it, analysing it and writing about it :).

Once again thanks for joining the discussion and your amazing contributions Smile
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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:14 pm

Thank you everyone who contributed to this thread, all your comments and feed back were greatly received and I looked into all recommendations.

This thread is now closed for it's original intent however, I'm still interested to see what professionals, non-professionals and academics use in their software tool kits. Please either post them here or message me.

Keep an eye out in the articles section I am planning to release some soon or at least between now and the end of January. One article I currently have planned is stemmed from Josh Brunty's webinar.

Hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and once again thanks for your help guys. Smile
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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:19 pm

may be the FTK Imager is a Free imaging softwear  

Horking
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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:51 pm

As a side note, you should never run forensic software on the computer you are analyzing, you should mount the drive/image you are examining to a different computer and run the tools from the host computer that the drive/image is mounted to, this will help to preserve any data on the disk instead of possibly loosing data integrity by running a tool on the drive/image that you are investigating.  

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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:58 am

- bsc.Smith19
...I'm still interested to see what professionals, non-professionals and academics use in their software tool kits. Please either post them here or message me.


Mostly Perl...I tend to write my own stuff in many cases.  

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Re: Recommend Free Tools

Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:52 am

- keydet89
- bsc.Smith19
...I'm still interested to see what professionals, non-professionals and academics use in their software tool kits. Please either post them here or message me.


Mostly Perl...I tend to write my own stuff in many cases.


Thanks for responding. I've sent you a private message.  

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