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How to use the EnCase Processor

How to use the EnCase Processor

Sometimes people ask me: why do I like EnCase Forensic, and I always answer – for me EnCase Forensic is like the Answerer from Robert Sheckley’s “Ask a Foolish Question”. It is able to solve the forensic problems, we don’t even think about, until we face them. This can easily be proven if we turn away from Windows forensics. The best thing other tools can offer you is hex viewer. But not EnCase Forensic. It will help you. All you need is to ask the right question.

To save a forensic analyst from wasting time performing routine tasks, like text indexing, keyword searches and parsing OS artifacts, EnCase Forensic offers the EnCase Processor. All you need is to configure searching tasks you need for the particular case, select processing options (for example, to create thumbnails for all image files) and start the Processor. After that you can go about your business while EnCase doing the job. Due to the fact, that this process is resource-intensive, the EnCase Processor can be run on a stand-alone computer (server). To process data on a stand-alone computer (server), you’ll need an additional dongle, which you should request from Guidance Software. Unlike the main dongle, this has plastic casing.


Figure 1. EnCase Processor (left) and EnCase Forensic (right) dongles

In this article we’ll speak about using the EnCase Processor on a local computer.

After adding images or devices to the case, you should click Process (also, you can start the EnCase Processor via EnScript: EnScript – EnCase Processor).


Figure 2. Process button

You’ll see EnCase Processor Options dialog, where you should choose options you need.


Figure 3. EnCase Processor Options dialog

Be very careful choosing options. If you choose too many options, or very resource-intensive options, processing could take too much time.

If you choose an option, you see its description in the right pane:


Figure 4. System Info Parser module description

If you double click on module’s name, you see additional options.


Figure 5. System Info Parser module additional options

Click OK and processing will be started; its progress bar is located in the bottom right corner. Also, you can view processing details in Processor Manager (View – Processor Manager).


Figure 6. Processor Manager tab

When the process is finished, you should run Case Analyzer EnScript. In opened dialog box double click Case – it’ll start adding processed data to the report.


Figure 7. Adding data to the report

In the next dialog, opened after the task is finished, choose data you need and click Save Report.


Figure 8. Case Analyzer tab

Now you can customize you report according to your needs, clicking Manage Saved Reports.


Figure 9. Manage Saved Reports window

If you click View Report, you can view its final version.


Figure 10. The report fragment

If you need to save the report to a file, right-click on Analysis Report Preview window.

More info about EnCase Processor you can find in the official EnCase Forensic User Guide.

About the authors:

Igor Mikhaylov

Interests: Computer, Cell Phone & Chip-Off Forensics

Oleg Skulkin

Interests: iOS forensics, Android forensics, Mac OS X forensics, Windows forensics, Linux forensics

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