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ILooK was the digital forensic analysis tool used in the investigation of the 9/11 attacks. Although it was originally available only for law enforcement, with the application now being supported by XtremeForensics, ILooKIX v9 has been released for commercial use in two versions, Standard and Advanced.

ILooKIX can support a wide variety of file systems, including FAT 12/16/32, NTFS, NTFS Compressed, HFS, HFS+, Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS 1, 2, and 3, SysV-AFS, SysV-EAFS, SysV-HTFS, NWFS, NWFS Compressed, VMWare Drive Mount Disk Drives, Microsoft Virtual PC disks. It can also process CDs in CDFS, ISO 9660, ISO 9660, and UDF.

Over the past few years ILooKIX has undergone a huge amount of development, particularly in relation to Apple file systems, and Version 9 is now available for use outside of the law enforcement, intelligence and military environments. In addition, to cater for the needs of practitioners working on smaller cases, there is now a 'Standard' version which has the majority of the features included in the 'Advanced' version but it is restricted to a case database size of 10GB (more than enough to process single-system cases).

Key Features - Standard Edition (Perpetual Licence) ​ Data capture, analysis, investigation and dissemination The most advanced imaging solution available An easy-to-use interface Five built-in, fast and thorough search engines Built-in development environment Built-in file viewers for hundreds of file types The leading salvage engine Extremely fast hash engines and automated data reduction techniques Built-in e-mail store processing, searching and viewing Filesystem, file and e-mail recovery Multiple categorization features Registry viewing and searching Virus/Trojan search and identification VMware virtual disk production from devices or images Context dictionary production for password cracking IVault data store preparation and production Support for all common archive file formats Deconstruction of evidentially useful file types Sorting, grouping and filtering of files and e-mail. Advanced analysis functions Advanced MS Outlook e-mail recovery Password protected file detection ​ Additional Features - Advanced Edition (Annual Licence) ​ Xtreme File Recovery - the only forensics tool that is able to recover deleted files AND metadata from Ext 3 & 4 filesystems (in addition to NTFS, ExFAT, HFS etc.) PLUS recovering deleted files and their metadata from Volume Shadow Copies. IXImager Creation - the fastest and most versatile imaging tool available. Unlimited Case Size - built around the industry-standard SQL Server database engine the only restriction on case size is the storage capacity of your workstation. ​ ILooKIX v9 is unrivalled for its ease of use, intuitive interface, comprehensive processing and stability in the face of ever-growing volumes of data. It is full of features designed to aid the investigator, from the ability to use 'one-click' processing options to the comprehensive property sheets associated with each object. ​ ILooKIX v9 runs perfectly on a Virtual Machine and each ILooKIX licence permits up to 3 instances on the same host.

Search Facilities

  • Lists allocated and unallocated files.
  • Sorts files by type (signature and extension).
  • Searches for keywords.
  • Works with compressed zip files.

Searching Abilities

  • Searches for keywords.
  • Builds an index.

Hash Databases

Hashes and compares using custom hash sets as well as the Hashkeeper hash database and NIST hash library using MD5 and FIPS 180-2 compliant algorithms (e.g. SHA-1).

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