I recently had to perform a search on a computer that is not connected to our network and I was not allowed to leave any trace behind that I was there, installed any applications or ran any searches on the machine. I had to search the machine for all files created in the last 5 days and save my results.
I accepted my James Bond-esque task equipped only with a memory stick and a very small application called SearchMyFiles from my favorite handy dandy developer NirSoft.
SearchMyFiles is a portable improvement over the standard Windows Search option. Not only can you be stealth about your activities but it is a portable app as well. So you can throw it on a memory stick and scan to your hearts content. This will work on all Windows Operating Systems 2000 or better.
You can download the application from here. There is an installable version as well but where is the fun in that? So after downloading and running the 40kb application I saw this screen:
Wow that’s a lot of options! So I quickly configured it to do my bidding as you can see below:
I configured it to search both local hard drives, excluding the Windows directory, return all files and folders created in the last 5 days. I hit OK and was on my way”¦ Looking over my shoulder as I went. After about 5 minutes I saw what I was looking for”¦
Then I hit up View – HTML Report – Selected Items and like that I was done”¦ I saved the HTML file to my USB Drive and I was out.
I hate being the rat but my job is my job and this tool helped me do it. Upon removing my USB drive there was no trace of the search.
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