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Founded by a former head of the digital forensics unit of the National Crime Squad & a criminal defence solicitor in 2003, MD5 is now regarded as one of the leading computer forensics and mobile phone forensics companies in the UK. Our extensive client list includes large multi-national businesses, government and law enforcement agencies, top 100 legal firms and accountants.

MD5 are the creators of computer forensic software Virtual Forensic Computing (VFC) used by leading digital forensic laboratories worldwide.

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Virtual Forensic Computing (VFC)

VFC enables investigators to rapidly boot a forensic image of a suspects computer or boot a physical write blocked hard drive.

The investigator can then experience the 'desktop' as seen by the original user in an entirely forensic manner. The investigator can use the suspects computer in a read only virtual environment.

There are numerous specialist software applications available to assist the investigation and analysis of digital media which has been forensically acquired. Whilst these tools can and do provide a great depth of analysis and will reveal data fragments of material no longer readily available, it is often the case that the 'scene of the crime' part of the examination process is overlooked as an additional source of potentially invaluable information.

In the 'real' world, it is almost unthinkable not to examine in detail the actual crime scene and then perform 'forensic' examinations on evidence gathered from the scene. In the 'virtual' world of forensic Computing, the same is not true and all too often it is only the underlying data and information that resides on the storage devices that is examined in detail.

The VFC application utilises VMware's freely available Player and Mount utilities, with the forensic disk mount tool Mount Image Pro, to re-create a subject machine in a matter of seconds.

VFS has been developed by Michael Penhallurick, a senior forensic computing analyst with MD5 Forensic Solutions. In 2005 an abridged version of his research was published in Digital Investigations, a magazine aimed directly a the forensic computing arena. His successful methods of transposing digital data into a virtual machine have been read and utilised by investigators across the globe. Building from this research, Michael has now developed this standalone application that enables an investigator to experience almost any Windows based system within seconds of acquisition. With VFC:

  • There is no need to have access to a full forensic application (such as EnCase) or any additional disk emulation modules.
  • There is no need to restore forensic image files to another PC to try and boot them.

Once the forensic image has been acquired, simply mount it with Mount Image Pro, and boot it with VFC in seconds!

VFC has been successfully applied to every Windows version from Windows 95 through to Windows Vista.

Special offer: Purchase Mount Image Pro v3 + VFC Dongle Activation together at a discount price

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