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Google Desktop Forensics

Written by DFMag


Google Desktop Forensics

The already known and published Google Desktop examination procedure was applied with success, once two modifications were added. First, rather than copying the Google Desktop directory structure from the Suspect machine to the Examiner VM in its entirety, the examiner needs to copy the contents of the index directory over, without overwriting the index folder itself. This is because the name of the index directory on the Examiner machine must match the entry for registry key ‘data_dir’ on the Examiner VM, and the value must be the value created on the Examiner VM by the Google Desktop setup program, not the name of the index directory from the Suspect’s system. Digital forensic examiners may examine Google Desktop artifacts during an investigation.

In the first part of her two part article Jenn Byrne looked at Google Desktop, how it works and how to do searches. In this second part of her article Jenn Byrne continues the analysis of Google Desktop.



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