Checklist and Cheatsheet: Windows Forensics Analysis


During a Windows Forensics engagement, I occasionally find myself forgetting essential tasks or unintentionally skipping analyzing importants artifacts. Therefore, this checklist (along with cheatsheet) could help myself (or readers) and ensure that I adhere to a systematic workflow when conducting Windows Forensics.


Acquire artifact’s Tools

Tools Description
FTK Imager Disk Imaging
Magnet RAM Capturer Generate memory dump
KAPE Triage only selected important artifacts instead of the whole disk image
Inquisitor / FastIR Live analysis triage
Mandiant Redline Collect live and file’s data and produce analysis
External Hard disk To store the artifact acquisition
Velociraptor’s agent and server Remote forensics framework
EDD Check disk encryption

Forensic analysis tools

Tools Description
Arsenal Image Mounter Mounting image
Autopsy / FTK Imager Disk forensics
KAPE Triage artifact and parse artifact
Eric Zimmerman tools Artifact parser and viewer
Regripper Registry parser
Volatility Workbench / MemProcFS / MemProcFS-Analyzer Memory analysis tools
Event log explorer Event log viewer
Reg_hunter Hunt for malicious registry in live forensics
Other open/close source tools -

OS / Linux Distros

  1. Windows
  2. SIFT Linux
  3. Tsurugi Linux
  4. REMnux

Acquire artifacts

  1. Check disk encryption using EDD
  2. Perform disk imaging using FTK Imager
  3. Run live analysis collection script such as Inquisitor (Optional)
  4. Or use Kansa Framework to collect live forensic analysis result (Optional)
  5. Perform memory dump activity
  6. Execute RedLine script to perform endpoint analysis (Optional)
  7. Run Reg_hunter in the live system (Optional)
  8. Save all files in the external harddisk

KAPE cheatsheet

Basic command

# Target
.\kape.exe --tsource [DRIVE LETTER] --tdest [DESTINATION INCLUDE FOLDER NAME] --module [MODULE NAME] --gui
# Module
.\kape.exe --msource [DRIVE LETTER] --mdest [DESTINATION INCLUDE FOLDER NAME] --module [MODULE NAME] --gui

Memory dump (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource C:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\%m --module MagnetForensics_RAMCapture --gui

Live response command and scanner (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\%m --module PowerShell_Get-InjectedThread,PowerShell_Get-NetworkConnection,PowerShell_Netscan,PowerShell_Signed,SIDR_WindowsIndexSearchParser,WIFIPassView,MagnetForensics_EDD,Nirsoft_BluetoothView,Nirsoft_LastActivityView,Nirsoft_OpenedFilesView,NirSoft_USBDeview,NirSoft_VideoCacheView,NirSoft_WebBrowserPassView,Nirsoft_WhatInStartup,Nirsoft_WifiHistoryView,Nirsoft_WirelessKeyView,SysInternals_Autoruns,SysInternals_Handle,SysInternals_PsFile,SysInternals_PsInfo,SysInternals_PsList,SysInternals_PsLoggedOn,SysInternals_PsService,SysInternals_PsTree,SysInternals_Tcpvcon,Powrshell_LiveResponse_SystemInfo,PowerShell_Arp_Cache_Extraction,PowerShell_Bitlocker_Key_Extraction,PowerShell_Bitlocker_Status,PowerShell_Defender_Exclusions,PowerShell_DLL_List,PowerShell_Dns_Cache,PowerShell_Local_Group_List,PowerShell_LocalAdmin,PowerShell_NamedPipes,PowerShell_NetUserAdministrators,PowerShell_Network_Configuration,PowerShell_Network_Connections_Status,PowerShell_Network_Share,PowerShell_Process_Cmdline,PowerShell_ProcessList_CimInstance,PowerShell_ProcessList_WMI,PowerShell_Services_List,PowerShell_SMBMapping,PowerShell_SMBOpenFile,PowerShell_SMBSession,PowerShell_Startup_Commands,PowerShell_User_List,PowerShell_WMIRepositoryAuditing,Windows_ARPCache,Windows_DNSCache,Windows_GpResult,Windows_IPConfig,Windows_MsInfo,Windows_nbtstat_NetBIOSCache,Windows_nbtstat_NetBIOSSessions,Windows_Net_Accounts,Windows_Net_File,Windows_Net_LocalGroup,Windows_Net_Session,Windows_Net_Share,Windows_Net_Start,Windows_Net_Use,Windows_Net_User,Windows_netsh_portproxy,Windows_NetStat,Windows_qwinsta_RDPSessions,Windows_RoutingTable,Windows_schtasks,Windows_SystemInfo,Reghunter,hasherezade_HollowsHunter --gui

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\%m --module Thor-Lite_Upgrade,Thor-Lite_Scan --gui

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\%m --module Loki_LiveResponse --gui

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\%m --module hasherezade_HollowsHunter --gui

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\%m --module MagnetForensics_RAMCapture --gui

KAPE target extraction (Target)

.\kape.exe --tsource E: --tdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --target KapeTriage,MessagingClients,RemoteAdmin,ServerTriage,WebBrowsers,WebServers,WSL,MemoryFiles --gui

All in one artifact parsing (Module)

Warning: Super slow!

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module Loki_Scan,DensityScout,BackstageParser,BitsParser,CCMRUAFinder_RecentlyUsedApps,Chainsaw,DeepblueCLI,DHParser,EvtxHussar,hasherezade_HollowsHunter,INDXRipper,LevelDBDumper,OneDriveExplorer,PowerShell_Get-ChainsawSigmaRules,TeamsParser,ThumbCacheViewer,WMI-Parser,Zircolite_Scan,Zircolite_Update,LogParser_ApacheAccessLogs,LogParser_DetailedNetworkShareAccess,LogParser_LogonLogoffEvents,LogParser_RDPUsageEvents,LogParser_SMBServerAnonymousLogons,Nirsoft_AlternateStreamView,NirSoft_BrowsingHistoryView,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_AllEventLogs,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_Application,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_PowerShell-Operational,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_PrintService-Operational,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_ScheduledTasks,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_Security,NirSoft_FullEventLogView_System,NirSoft_TurnedOnTimesView,NirSoft_WebBrowserDownloads,Nirsoft_WinLogonView,SysInternals_SigCheck,TZWorks_CAFAE_Registry_System,Events-Ripper,Hayabusa,LogParser,MFTECmd,NTFSLogTracker,RECmd_AllBatchFiles,Reghunter,RegRipper,AmcacheParser,AppCompatCacheParser,EvtxECmd,EvtxECmd_RDP,iisGeoLocate,JLECmd,LECmd,PECmd,RBCmd,RecentFileCacheParser,SBECmd,SQLECmd,SQLECmd_Hunt,SrumECmd,SumECmd,WxTCmd,Sync_EvtxECmd,Sync_KAPE,Sync_RECmd,Sync_SQLECmd,Windows_ManageBDE_BitLockerKeys,Windows_ManageBDE_BitLockerStatus --gui

Event log / log scanning and parsing (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module !!ToolSync,PowerShell_Get-ChainsawSigmaRule,Chainsaw,DeepblueCLI,EvtxHussar,Zircolite_Update,Zircolite_Scan,Events-Ripper,hayabusa_EventStatistics,hayabusa_OfflineEventLogs,hayabusa_OfflineLogonSummary,hayabusa_UpdateRules,EvtxECmd,EvtxECmd_RDP,LogParser,iisGeoLocate

Program Execution (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module CCMRUAFinder_RecentlyUsedApps,AmcacheParser,AppCompatCacheParser,PECmd,RecentFileCacheParser --gui

File folder activity (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module BackstageParser,OneDriveExplorer,ThumbCacheViewer,JLECmd,LECmd,RBCmd,SBECmd,WxTCmd --gui

NTFS and FileSystem parsing (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module !!ToolSync,INDXRipper,MFTECmd,NTFSLogTracker,RegRipper,RECmd_AllBatchFiles --gui

System activity (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module SRUMDump,WMI-Parser,RECmd_AllBatchFiles,SrumECmd,SumECmd --gui

Mounted image scanner (Module)

.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module Loki_Scan --gui
.\kape.exe --msource E:\ --mdest D:\KAPE_cases\ --module DensityScout --gui


First, create a spreadsheet that will be the main documentation of your findings especially for Timeline. Include few relavant aspects in the spreadsheet such as:

  1. Artifact type
  2. Findings
  3. Location of artifact
  4. Created
  5. Accessed
  6. Modified
  7. Notes / Payload

Live Forensics

  1. Check all the results of the script collection (Inquisitor / Kansa / FastIR)

Memory analysis

  1. Tool used: Volatility, MemProcFS, MemProcFS-Analyzer
  2. Check network connection (netstat, netscan)
  3. Check process list (pslist, pstree, psscan, cmdline)
  4. Check injected process, dll injection (malfind, dlllist)
  5. Dump malicious process (dumpfiles –pid PID)
  6. Volatilit3 command: python3 -f <memdump> <plugin name>
  7. MemProcFS command: memprocfs.exe -device D:\mem.raw -forensic 1
  8. MemProcFS-Analyzer: .\MemProcFS-Analyzer.ps1

Disk analysis

Mount image

  1. Perform KAPE execution on the mounted drive using “KAPE triage” module to extract important artifacts.
  2. Run malware scanner on the mounted drive (Loki scanner, THOR scanner, AV scanner, Densityscout)
  3. Perform data recovery on the mounted drive using Photorec
  4. Check any shadow copy, view it in Shadow Explorer


  1. Attach disk in Autopsy
  2. Run ingest module “Recent activity” and “Keyword search”
  3. Check Data artifacts in Autopsy, record all interesting findings
  4. Check file and folder (Access time, and created time)
  5. View Timeline Analysis in Autopsy
  6. Search any interesting keywords

Windows event logs analysis

  1. Located at C:\Windows\System32\winevt\Logs
  2. Perform event log scanner
  3. Manually view in Event Log Explorer

Interesting log sources

Log sources Context
Security.evtx Security-related events
System.evtx Tracks system component events
Application.evtx Logs application-specific events
Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational.evtx Enhanced process, network, and file monitoring
Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell/4Operational.evtx Records PowerShell activity
Microsoft-Windows-Windows Defender/Operational.evtx Logs Windows Defender events
Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Activity/4Operational.evtx Logs WMI events
Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager%4Operational.evtx Logs RDP session events
Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager/Operational.evtx Logs RDP session events
Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational.evtx Logs Task Scheduler events
Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Server%4Operational.evtx Active Directory Server Logs
Directory Service.evtx Active Directory Server Logs
File Replication Service.evtx Active Directory Server Logs
%SystemDrive%\inetpub\logs\LogFiles IIS log
%SystemRoot%\System32\LogFiles\HTTPERR IIS log
%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Logging Exchange log
Panther*.log Windows setup details
RPC Client Access*.log Exchange Server, if applicable
Third party antivirus log AV logs

Event log scanner

Tools Commands
Hayabusa hayabusa.exe update-rules and hayabusa.exe csv-timeline -d ..\Logs -p verbose -o results.csv
DeepBlueCLI .\DeepBlue.ps1 -log security
Chainsaw chainsaw.exe hunt evtx_logs/ -s sigma/ --mapping mappings/sigma-event-logs-all.yml -r rules/ --csv --output results
Zircolite zircolite_win10.exe --evtx ../Logs
APT-Hunter APT-Hunter.exe -p ..\Logs -o Foldername -allreport
EVTXHussar EvtxHussar.exe C:\evtx_compromised_machine -o C:\evtxhussar_results
Rhaegal rhaegal.exe -lp ..\Logs -rp rules -n 100 -o output.csv

Important Security Event IDs

IDs Event log Context
4624 Security Successful Login
4625 Security Failed Login
4634/4647 Security User Initiated Logoff/An Account was Logged Off
4648 Security A Logon was Attempted Using Explicit Credentials
4662 Security An Operation was Performed on an Object
4663 Security An Attempt was Made to Access an Object
4672 Security Special Logon
4688 Security Process Creation
4689 Security Process Termination
4697 Security Service Installed
4698/4702/4700 Security Scheduled Task Created or Updated
4699 Security Scheduled Task Deleted
4701 Security Scheduled Task Enabled
4702 Security Service Removed
4720 Security A User Account was Created
4722 Security A User Account was Enabled
4723 Security An Attempt was Made to Change an Account’s Password
4724 Security An Attempt was Made to Reset an Account’s Password
4725 Security A User Account was Disabled
4726 Security A User Account was Deleted
4728 Security A Member was Added to a Security-Enabled Global Group
4729 Security A Member was Removed from a Security-Enabled Global Group
4732 Security A Security-Enabled Local Group was Created
4733 Security A Security-Enabled Local Group was Changed
4734 Security A Security-Enabled Local Group was Deleted
4741 Security A Computer Account was Created
4742 Security A Computer Account was Changed
4768 Security (DC) Kerberos TGT request
4769 Security (DC) Kerberos Service Ticket request
4776 Security NTLM authentication
4778 Security Session Reconnected
4779 Security Session Disconnected by User
4794 Security An Attempt was Made to Set the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password
5136 Security Directory Service Changes
5140 Security A Network Share Object was Accessed
5141 Security A Directory Service Object was Deleted
5145 Security Network Share Object was Checked
5376 Security Credential Manager Credentials Submitted
5377 Security Credential Manager Credentials Auto-Logon
1102 Security Event Log Cleared
1100 Security Event Log Service Shutdown

Logon type corresponding to Succesfull (4624) or Failed logins (4625)

Logon Type Explanation
2 Logon via console
3 Network Logon. A user or computer logged on to this computer from the network
4 Batch Logon (Task scheduler and AT)
5 Windows Service logon
7 Credentials used to unlock screen
8 Network logon sending credentials (cleartext)
9 Different credentials used than logon user
10 Remote Interactive logon (RDP)
11 Cached credentials used to logon
12 Cached remote interactive (RDP)
13 Cached Unlock (Similar to logon type 7)

Other’s log important Event IDs

IDs Event log Context
7045 System Service installed
7035 System Service Control Manager
7036 System Service State Change
7001 System Service Start Failed
1001 System BSOD
6005 System Start-up time of the machine
6006 System Shutdown time of the machine
59 MicrosoftWindows Bits Client/operational Bits Jobs
2004 Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Rule has been added to the Window Firewall exception list
2006 Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Deleted firewall rule
1116 Microsoft Windows Windows Defender/Operational Defender Antivirus has detected malware
1117 Microsoft Windows Windows Defender/Operational Action taken
1006 Microsoft Windows Windows Defender/Operational Scan result
4103 Microsoft Windows PowerShell/Operational Module logging
4104 Microsoft Windows PowerShell/Operational Script Block Logging
4105 Microsoft Windows PowerShell/Operational Transcription Logging
4688 Microsoft Windows PowerShell/Operational Process Creation (including PowerShell processes)
400 Windows PowerShell Start of a PowerShell activity, whether local or remote.
403 Windows PowerShell Completion of a PowerShell activity
800 Windows PowerShell Pipeline execution
1000 Application Application Error/crash
1001 Application Application Error reporting
1024 Application Software Installation
1040 Application User Initiated Software Installation
1 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational Process Creation
2 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational A process changed a file creation time
3 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational Network connection detected
6 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational Driver Loaded
7 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational Image Loaded
8 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational CreateRemoteThread
10 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational ProcessAccess
11 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational FileCreate
12 Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational RegistryEvent (Object create and delete)
1149 Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager%4Operational RDP User authentication succeeded
21 Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager%4Operational RDP Session logon succeeded
24 Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager%4Operational RDP Session has been disconnected
25 Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager%4Operational RDP Session reconnection succeeded

Event ID KB: and

Detecting Lateral movement via Event log



  • Security.evtx: 4624 (logon type 10 or 12), 4648
  • Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager%4Operational: 1149, 21, 24, 25

Task Scheduler/AT

  • Security.evtx: 4624
  • Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler%4Operational: 100, 102, 106, 107, 110, 129, 140, 141, 200, 325


  • Security.evtx: 4624
  • System.evtx: 7045

Triage artifacts parsing and analysis

File Records

MFT Attributes:

  2. $FILE_NAME ($FN)
  3. $DATA
  4. $EA (Extended Attributes)
Artifact Location Tools or Commands
MFT C:\ MFTECmd.exe -f "C:\Temp\SomeMFT" --csv "c:\temp\out" --csvf MyOutputFile.csv
UsnJrnl C:\$Extend MFTECmd.exe -f "C:\Temp\SomeJ" --csv "c:\temp\out" --csvf MyOutputFile.csv

Other useful tools:

  1. Parse $MFT files and summarize those information
  2. MFTRCRD: MFT record decoder for online filesystem
  3. Mft2Csv: Parse $MFT files and raw disk images. It can extract resident files from $MFT.
  4. Fte: Parse MFT and INDX
  5. MFTCarver: Can recover old MFT entries that are not listed in current MFT
  6. Bulk Extractor: Contains scanner plug-ins for records of $MFT, $LogFile, $UsnJrnl:$J, $INDEX_ALLOCATION, and utmp structure.
  7. NTFS Log Tracker: Parses $Logfile and $UsnJrnl:$J
  8. USN Analytics: Parse records of $UsnJrnl that were extracted by BE
  9. Indx2Csv: Parse for INDX
  10. INDXParse: Parses a single $I30
  11. IndxCarver: Can recover old INDX records to get information about deleted files and folders

Follow Windows Time Rules below:

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System and user Information (via Registry)

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Operating System Version SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion Registry Explorer
System Boot & Autostart Programs Run registries Registry Explorer
Computer Name SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ComputerName Registry Explorer
System Last Shutdown Time SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows Registry Explorer
Cloud Account Details SAM\Domains\Account\Users\<RID>\InternetUserName Registry Explorer
User Accounts SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList Registry Explorer
Last Login and Password Change SAM\Domains\Account\Users Registry Explorer

Application Execution

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Shimcache SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\AppCompatCache RegRipper
Amcache.hve C:\Windows\AppCompat\Programs\Amcache.hve Registry Explorer
UserAssist NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\ Registry Explorer
Win10 Timeline C:\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\ConnectedDevicesPlatform\L.Administrator\ActivitiesCache.db WxTCmd.exe -f "ActivitiesCache.db" --csv D:\Hands-On
SRUM C:\Windows\System32\sru\SRUDB.dat srum-dump
BAM / DAM SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\bam\State\UserSettings\ Registry Explorer
Prefetch C:\Windows\prefetch PECmd.exe -d D:\Windows\prefetch --csv "D:\Hands-On" --csvf prefetch.csv or WinPrefetch
Task Bar Feature Usage NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FeatureUsage Registry Explorer
Jumplist C:\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations Jumplist Explorer
Last Visited MRU NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\LastVisitedPidlMRU RegRipper
CapabilityAccessManager NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore Registry Explorer
Commands Executed in the Run Dialog NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU Registry Explorer
Services System\CurrentControlSet\Services Registry Explorer

File and Folder Opening

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Shellbag NTUSER.dat\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags Shellbags Explorer
Open/Save MRU NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSavePIDlMRU Registry Explorer
Shortcut (LNK) Files %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows|Office\Recent\ Autopsy
Jumplist C:\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations Jumplist Explorer
Recent Files NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RecentDocs Registry Explorer
Office Recent Files NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Office\<Version>\<AppName> Registry Explorer
Office Trust Records NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Offi ce\<Version>\<AppName>\Security\Trusted Documents\TrustRecords Registry Explorer
MS Word Reading Locations NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Offi ce\<Version>\Word\Reading Locations Registry Explorer
Office OAlerts OAlerts.evtx Event log explorer
Last Visited MRU NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\LastVisitedPidlMRU Registry Explorer
Internet Explorer file:/// %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache\WebCacheV*.dat Text Editor

Deleted Items and File Existence

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Recycle Bin C:\$Recycle.Bin Recbin
Thumbcache %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer Thumbcache Viewer
User Typed Paths NTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TypedPaths Registry Explorer
Search – WordWheelQuery NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WordWheelQuery Registry Explorer
Internet Explorer file:/// %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache\WebCacheV*.dat Text Editor
Windows Search Database C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb LostPassword’s Search Index Examiner

Browser activity

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Browser activity C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\\Roaming\BrowserName DBBrowser

Network Usage

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Network History SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Network* Registry Explorer
Timezone SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation Registry Explorer
WLAN Event Log Microsoft-Windows-WLAN-AutoConfig Operational.evtx Event log viewer
Network Interfaces SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces Registry Explorer
SRUM C:\Windows\System32\sru\SRUDB.dat srum-dump

USB Usage

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
USB Device Identification SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\* Registry Explorer
Drive Letter and Volume Name SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Portable Devices\Devices and SYSTEM\MountedDevices Registry Explorer
User Information SYSTEM\MountedDevices and NTUSER.DAT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2 Registry Explorer
Connection Timestamps SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR\Disk&Ven_&Prod_\USBSerial Registry Explorer
Volume Serial Number (VSN) SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\EMDMgmt Registry Explorer
Shortcut (LNK) Files %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\\Office\Recent\ Autopsy
Event Logs System.evtx Event log viewer

AntiVirus logs

Artifact Location
Avast C:\ProgramData\Avast Software\
AVG C:\ProgramData\AVG\Antivirus\
Avira C:\ProgramData\Avira\Antivirus\LOGFILES\
Bitdefender C:\Program Files*\Bitdefender*\
ESET C:\ProgramData\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\Logs\
F-Secure C:\ProgramData\F-Secure\Log\ or C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\F-Secure\Log\
McAfee C:\ProgramData\McAfee\*
Sophos C:\ProgramData\Sophos\Sophos *\Logs\
Trend Micro C:\ProgramData\Trend Micro\ or C:\Program Files*\Trend Micro\
Symantec C:\ProgramData\Symantec\ or C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\Symantec\
WinDefender C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\* or C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Microsoft AntiMalware\Support\ or MpCmdRun.log

Another good reference:

Other Artifacts

Artifact Location Tools or Commands
Task Scheduler SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks or \Windows\Tasks or Windows\System32\Tasks Registry Explorer
Startup folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Autopsy
Startup folder user C:\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Autopsy
Shadow copy - Shadow Explorer
hiberfil.sys C:\ Hibernation Recon
pagefile.sys C:\ strings
Unalloc file - Autopsy
Anydesk C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Roaming\AnyDesk\* or C:\ProgramData\AnyDesk\* Autopsy
WMI persistence C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\OBJECTS.DATA WMI_Forensics
WMI persistence C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.DATA WMI_Forensics
RDP Cache C:\%USERPROFILE%\AppData/Local/Microsoft/Terminal Server Client/Cache BMC-Tools

Other notes

  • Command to parse all registry in a folder using Regripper
    cd folder_containing_all_registries
    for /r %i in (*) do (C:\RegRipper3.0\rip.exe -r %i -a > %i.txt)
  • USB usage also can be investigate using “USB Detective Community Edition”
  • Nirsoft software might have a good tool for viewing your artifacts
  • Remote administration software: and
  • Reghunter command on the live system: reg_hunter --all -z --outfile reg_hunter_result.txt