Why are LNK Files Important to Your Digital Forensics Investigation?

LNK files are excellent artifacts for forensic investigators who are trying to find files that may no longer exist on the system they’re examining. The files might have been wiped or deleted, stored on a USB or network share, so although the file might no longer be there, the LNK files associated with the original file will still exist (and reveal valuable information as to what was executed on the system).

LNK files typically contain the following items of evidentiary value…

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