Archive for September, 2017

USB Forensic Tracker (USBFT) is a comprehensive forensic tool that extracts USB device connection artefacts from a range of locations within the live system, from mounted forensic images, from extracted Windows system files and from both extracted Mac OSX and Linux system files. The extracted information from each location is displayed within its own table view. The information can be exported to an Excel file.

USBFT extracts information from the following locations:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Portable Devices
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\VolumeInfoCache
Microsoft-Windows-DriverFrameworks-UserMode/Operational Event Log (Windows 7)
Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Operational.evtx Event Log (Window 10)
“Windows.old” folder
Mac OSX (tested on OSX 10.6.8 and 10.10.3)
Linux (tested on Ubuntu 17.04)
USBFT requires Net Framework 4.5 to be installed on the system.

A 32bit and 64 bit version of USB Forensic Tracker is included in the download. If you run the 32 bit version on a 64 bit machine, USBFT will not display the results for the Event Log artefacts or for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Portable Devices.

From the “Help” menu the user can check for updates.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this program via any method, as long as you don’t charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification!

Icons by Everaldo Coelho from the Crystal project are used; these are released under the LGPL license.

The software is provided “AS IS” without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Version 1.0.7 August 2017
1) USBFT now supports the extraction of USB artefacts from Linux (Ubuntu) syslog files
2) Added styling and formatting to the Excel report

Version 1.0.6 August 2017
1.)USBFT now extracts data from the registry  key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SWD\WPDBUSENUM
2.)Setupapi Log – changed the name of the “Connection Date” column to “Device Install Date
3.)Added a new column called “Device Delete Date”. USBFT extracts the time and date when the device drivers are installed for a USB device (typically the first time it is connected).
4.USBFT now displays the time and date when the Windows Plug and Play Cleanup service deletes the drivers for a USB device and deletes the entries for the device from the registry. The time and date is displayed in the “Device Delete Date” column.
Version 1.0.5 July 2017
1)Changed the project over from Windows Forms to WPF MVVM to make it easier to maintain and update in the future.
2)Made major changes to the code throughout the project to accommodate the new format.
3) Added the ability to process a custom folder that contains the extracted Windows registry files, Windows logs and NTUser.dat files
4)Added the ability to extract USB artefacts from the “Windows.old” folder.
5)Added the ability to extract USB artefacts from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\VolumeInfoCache
6)Added the ability for a user to extract the serial number of a USB device connected to the system.
7)Made changes to the title of the Win7 and Win10 Event Log tabs.
8)Added an EventID column to the Windows7 Event Log data grid and the Win10 Event Log data grid.
9)Removed the checkbox column from the data grids.
10)Removed the filter button from the menu (used to filter checked files).
11)Removed the Reload button ( now redundant)
12)Under Options => Export Options, added the ability for the user to select which data grids will be exported to the excel spreadsheet.
13)Combined all the DLL’s with the exe to make a single exe file for ease of deployment.
Version 1.0.3 November 2015
1) Added additional support for Mac OSX files. USBFT will now also process kernel.log and kernel.log.incrementalnumber.bz2 files
2) Modified code for USBSTOR section. For devices such as multi card readers that show as multiple drives with different drive letters but the same serial number, USBFT will now correctly display all of the drive letters.
3) Renamed the “Last Connection Date” column in the Device Classes section to “Connection Date”

Version 1.0.2 November 2015
1) Added the ability to extract USB artefacts from mounted forensic images.
2) Added the ability to extract USB artefacts from Mac OSX system files.
3) Made changes to code relating to obtaining the last modified date of registry keys.
4) Other minor changes made to some of the code to make more robust.


USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.7

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