History Viewer 4.8 – A Windows “Forensic” Tool At Your Fingertips

imageI’ve covered a number of high- end, professional quality forensics computer applications here previously – including SForensics Beta. Which, rightfully deserves the description – “professional”. Generally, this type of application requires an in-depth study, and considerable practice, in order to obtain the best results. Decidedly, not for the average user.

But, here’s a little freeware application – History Viewer – which doesn’t approach the robustness of  SForensics Beta – but nevertheless, will let you take a peek at various Window’s histories – as illustrated in the following screen capture.

Click on any graphic to expand.

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I’ll wager that you’ve not yet seen the contents of your Windows Index.dat file. Not a problem with History Viewer up and running. Some entries in the following graphic have been blacked out for personal security reasons.

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The information generated by the application is of such a personal nature that I’m very limited in posting screen shots. The following graphic illustrates the application’s ability to capture and display USB storage history.

With this feature, you will have the ability to chastise those who have connected a USB drive without your permission.   Smile

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Installation fair warning.

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System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 ( 32 and 64 bit)

Download at: Download Crew

History Viewer is really a simple tool and, I’m not convinced that “Forensics” is appropriate in describing its capabilities. But, it does have value as a quick report tool if you’re interested in scanning a machine for past usage by you – or, other users with access to the machine.

A useful tool for techies perhaps, who run into massively infected machines where a user makes the common disclaimer – I never surf porn sites.  Smile

Note: I’ve come across references which indicate that this application “may” contain malware. This, from some major sites which should know better. Tools of this nature often trigger AVs – since they operate in a way that mimics malware.

The VirusTotal analysis of this file follows -

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “History Viewer 4.8 – A Windows “Forensic” Tool At Your Fingertips

  1. Munch

    I gave it a try on my system just to check it out and I can say without a doubt that I am disgusting.

  2. John

    Hi Bill,

    This looks to be a very promising addition to my 12yr olds pc as she has just informed me(but don’t tell mum) that she has been visiting YouTube and viewing certain stuff that is probably not age appropriate for her just yet.

    She’ll never know. :D

    Cheers,
    John

  3. Aaron

    Maybe I’m stuck in the past, but can’t you check your browser history without installing yet another third party program?

    I can see the history in my browser (SeaMonkey 1.1.19) just fine. All I have to do is click on the “Go” menu, then “history.” And I can easily delete the history and the cache by going to “Edit > Preferences.”

    Admittedly, I also use an older version of CCleaner, just to get rid of cookies and clean up temp files here and there. But I don’t go overboard with any other cleaning type programs – as I’ve noticed they usually do more harm than good. CCleaner is pretty safe though. It’s tame in comparison ot some of the other abysmal “cleaning” programs I’ve tested.

    Granted, I am using a superior OS… Windows Me. Therefore, getting rid of all the hidden Windows junk is a lot easier on my system, than it is on the labyrinthine abominations known as Windows XP and newer.

    I don’t like how the ongoing trend for computers is transferring the ability to do “maintenance” to third party groups… or else it’s entirely done in the background. By either Google, Microsoft, Apple, or whomever “owns” your browser these days. Eventually they will own your computer, because everything will be browser based and online in the cloud. It’s very depressing if you look at it from privacy standpoint, and realize that eventually the web will be consolidated into the hands of a select few.

    And now we got this lame history viewing program, complete with spiffy toolbar. Geez. Yet another reason why Windows Me will be my last OS.

    (Right now I’m working on putting together the ultimate DOS computer. Thankfully people have developed working USB drivers for DOS, among other things. So when that’s done, I’ll have a computer that will exist in another dimension apart from the slave mindset of Google/Facebook/Windows 8 and other slime.

    • Hi Aaron,

      Your comment recognizes the evolution in computing that continues unabated. And, you have taken a personal stand against what you see as an encroachment on your privacy; which I’ve praised in previous comments.

      But, you have characterized History Viewer incorrectly – this application is not intended to be a replacement for “Show all History” in a browser. The article describes the intended use of the application.

      Best,

      Bill

  4. jelson

    Interestingly, Avira blocks downloading anything from historyviewer.net

    Requested URL: http://www.historyviewer.net/hvsetup.exe
    Category/categories: Malware
    :(

    • Hey

      More than interesting :)

      I refer you to the VirusTotal scan results, which clearly shows Avira AntiVir does not mark this file as malware. In fact, all 43 scan engines used by VirusTotal give History Viewer a passing grade (last scan 13 hours ago).

      Bill

  5. jelson

    Thanks Bill.
    Yeah, I’ve seen Avira’s WebProtection module to have blocked a number of lesser know developer sites in the 2 months I’ve been using it. And likewise, VirusTotal gives a clean report and I didn’t discover any reports about “monkey business.” Just interesting that it happens… and I’ve been unable to find out the reasons for it.

  6. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Downloaded this to give it a whirl. Installed without problem and, interestingly I didn’t get the toolbar “offer” but thanks for the heads-up.

    Ran it on my own system and you won’t be surprised to learn that I’m as pure as the driven slush! Of course if it comes up with something really damning, there’s a handy link to Tracks Eraser Pro – only $29.95. Now that’s what I call thoughtful :)

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Just got back my connection after my ISP finished maintenance etc. I don’t like withdrawal. :)

      Same here – no Toolbar offer. But, it seems they “thoughtfully”, as you pointed out – made up for it.

      Good lads they are, too. :)

      Best,

      Bill

      • John Bent

        Hi Bill,

        Have you ever seen/heard Billy Connolly’s comments on withdrawal? Not for a family blog, but hilarious and sooo true :).

        Kind regards
        John

        • Hi John,

          I’m a BIG fan of Billy Connolly – last piece I watched was his trip around the World. Very interesting.

          But, I haven’t seen his withdrawal skit. I’ll see if I can pick it up on YouTube.

          Thanks for this.

          Best,

          Bill