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USB Forensic Tracker
USB Forensic Tracker (USBFT) is a comprehensive forensic tool that extracts USB device connection artefacts from a range of locations within the live system, from mounted forensic images, from extracted Windows system files and from extracted Mac OSX system files. The extracted information from each location is displayed within its own table view. The information can be exported to an Excel file.


USBFT extracts information from the following locations:


  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\DeviceClasses
  • HKEY_USERS\SID\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Portable Devices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\VolumeInfoCache
  • Microsoft-Windows-DriverFrameworks-UserMode/Operational Event Log (Windows 7)
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Operational.evtx Event Log (Window 10)
  • Microsoft-Windows-WPD-MTPClassDriver/Operational.evtx
  • C:\Windows\inf\setupapi.dev.log
  • C:\Windows\setupapi.log
  • “Windows.old” folder

Mac OSX (tested on OSX 10.6.8 and 10.10.3)
  • /private/var/log/kernel.log
  • /private/var/log/kernel.log.incrementalnumber.bz2
  • /private/var/log/system.log
  • /private/var/log/system.log.incrementalnumber.gz

USBFT requires Net Framework 4.5 to be installed on the system.

A 32bit and 64 bit version of USB Forensic Tracker is included in the download. If you run the 32 bit version on a 64 bit machine, USBFT will not display the results for the Event Log artefacts or for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Portable Devices.

From the “Help” menu the user can check for updates.

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this program via any method, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification!

Icons by Everaldo Coelho from the Crystal project are used; these are released under the LGPL license.

The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Version 1.0.6 August 2017
1.)USBFT now extracts data from the registry  key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SWD\WPDBUSENUM
2.)Setupapi Log – changed the name of the “Connection Date” column to “Device Install Date
3.)Added a new column called “Device Delete Date”. USBFT extracts the time and date when the device drivers are installed for a USB device (typically the first time it is connected).
4.USBFT now displays the time and date when the Windows Plug and Play Cleanup service deletes the drivers for a USB device and deletes the entries for the device from the registry. The time and date is displayed in the “Device Delete Date” column.

Version 1.0.3 November 2015
1) Added additional support for Mac OSX files. USBFT will now also process kernel.log and kernel.log.incrementalnumber.bz2 files
2) Modified code for USBSTOR section. For devices such as multi card readers that show as multiple drives with different drive letters but the same serial number, USBFT will now correctly display all of the drive letters.
3) Renamed the “Last Connection Date” column in the Device Classes section to “Connection Date”

Version 1.0.2 November 2015
1) Added the ability to extract USB artefacts from mounted forensic images.
2) Added the ability to extract USB artefacts from Mac OSX system files.
3) Made changes to code relating to obtaining the last modified date of registry keys.
4) Other minor changes made to some of the code to make more robust.

USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.6
USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.4
USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.3
USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.2
USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.1
USB Forensic Tracker v1.0.0
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