(4-DAY – 32 Hours)

Forensic Explorer (FEX) is a specialized software tool engineered for the preservation, analysis and presentation of electronic evidence. Primary users of this software are law enforcement, government, military and corporate investigation agencies. This three day certified training course has been developed to educate all levels of digital forensic investigators how to best utilize FEX.

Upon the course completion participants will be awarded the Forensic Explorer Examiner Certificate.


  • Forensic Explorer Overview and Introduction
  • Key program features
    • Installation
    • Forensic analysis work station – system settings and configuration
    • Case management
    • Dongle activation and update management
    • Advanced Wibu key and network configuration
    • Maintenance FEX License and Wibu key
  • Forensic Acquisition
    • Write blocking v Write protection
    • Network examinations and analysis
    • GetData Forensic Imager
  • Creating a Digital Case
    • Adding and removing evidence within FEX
    • Assessment and previewing evidence
    • Creating, converting previews and saving a case
    • Creating and managing investigators profiles
    • Understanding the evidence processor


  • Email Module
    • Microsoft Outlook .PST email analysis
    • Identifying and analysis of email attachments
  • Registry Module
    • Automated registry analysis
    • Deleted registry keys
  • Introduction to FEX Scripting Functionality
    • Script functionality behind the FEX Interface
    • Using automated scripts
  • Report Management
    • Creating manual reports
    • Creating templates
    • Saving and exporting templates
    • Exporting reports
  • Examining Shadow Copy
    • Shadow copy identification
    • Shadow copy file carving
    • Shadow copy forensic analysis
  • Live Boot / Mount Image Pro / Virtual Machine
    • Running Live Boot to show a virtual environment of subject evidence
    • Password bypassrecovery of user accounts
    • Recreating historic restore points
  • Final Hands on Practical
    • Practical assessment covering all aspects of the previous day’s activities
    • Award ‘FEX Examiner Certification” on successful completion


  • Forensic Explorer Interface
    • Module data interpretation
    • Customizing layouts
    • Process logging and prioritizing
    • Date and time verification
    • Digital forensics date and time analysis
    • FAT, HFS, CDFS file system date and time
    • NTFS, HFS+ file system date and time
    • Date and time information in the Windows registry
  • Case Investigation and Analysis
    • Module structure and overviews
    • Folder tree structure
    • Categories filters
    • Data Views
      • File lists
      • Gallery
      • Disk views
      • Category graph
    • File Views
      • Hex and text
      • Bookmark
      • Byte plot and character distribution
      • Display– (Native interpretation)
      • File system record
      • Metadata
      • File extent
      • Property viewer (Email Module)
  • Data Management
    • Filters
    • Data and file view internal searching
  • Keyword and Index Searching
    • Keyword Search – Management
      • Text
      • Hexadecimal
      • Regular Expressions (PCRE)
    • dtSearch analysis and searching techniques
  • Bookmarking – Investigators Notes and Observations
    • Relationship between bookmarks and report
    • Manual and automated bookmarking
    • Modification of bookmarks
  • Hash Analysis
    • Hash values
    • Hash algorithms
    • Hash sets
    • Creating hash sets
  • Signature Analysis and File Carving
    • File signature analysis
    • Signature/File header and foot identification
    • File algorithm analysis