SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Tag - What Programs Do

What Programs Do - Part 2

The Registry Key Reference Tool (RiKeR)

The story of this project begins with "What Programs Do - Part 1 - The project &the "What Programs Do" series". Check that out for background if you have not already done so.

In coming entries, I will provide analyses of the registry and file system impacts of various programs. The reportswill assume that you understand the Windows Registry. If you need a refresher, seethese articles inMSDN,WIkipedia, WinVistaClub

The work that the community has done to understand the registry is excellent. There are many known Registry locations

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What Programs Do - Part 1

The project and the "What Programs Do" series

Digital Forensics is a technical and scientific field dependent on the research each of us does every day.Our communityshares informationopenly when asked.Unfortunately we don't have a central authoritative repository of information we can all contribute to and refer to, so we oftenduplicate workalready done others.

"What Programs Do" is a project intended to begin, in a small way at first,to address this need for a central repository of information.When a program is installed on a computer, it makes changes to the registry and adds files to the system. When it is run, it similarly updates the registry and writes files. When it is uninstalled, it removes most of the registry keys and files it installed, but often not all.

This concept and process is trained in detail during the SANS Computer Forensics, Investigation, and Response course on