ThumbScan: A lightweight thumbnail search tool

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Title: ThumbScan: A lightweight thumbnail search tool
Author: Elinski, Joseph
Abstract: Since the introduction of Windows 95B, Microsoft users have been able to select a thumbnail view of any system folder. This option prompts the operating system to create a miniature preview of each file. By default, these generated images are archived to a local thumbnail database for quick system retrieval. Once an image is placed in the database, it will never be removed. By viewing the contents of thumbnail databases, a forensic investigator can easily examine the past and present media of a given system. Though this cache is not a perfect record, it is a good indicator of media storage locations and habits. For these reasons, we present ThumbScan, an automated search tool for locating and analyzing the archived thumbnails of modern Windows systems.
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Date: 2010

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