How to Launch Starus Web Detective
Download and install Starus Web Detective using the link above. The free trial version allows you to evaluate the program’s features, and has the following limitations:
- Data export and extraction are not available
- Only the first 10 browsing history records are shown
The tool will scan the system for Web browsing data located in all Windows accounts (C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData).
Administrative privileges are required to access data from other Windows accounts. You’ll be able to select a particular Windows account by using the menu located at the top right part of the user interface.
Once the initial scan is complete, you will gain access to multiple types of data.
You can start your analysis by checking out browsing history records located under the History tab. This tab contains information about the Web sites visited by the user along with timestamps and accompanying meta data (e.g. site name or page title). Click on the link to view how many times the Web page was visited, how much time the user spent on the page and whether or not the page was cleaned from the browser history.
Contains all links visited from this computer with all supported Web browsers.
Contains search requests submitted through many popular search engines.
● Social networks
Activities in social networks contain requests and submissions, comments and communications as well as other types of data (depending on the social network).
Analyzes online translation sessions. Includes information about source and target languages, links and timestamps.
Analyzes email activities. Contains information about messages sent and received on the computer. Click on each record to access additional information such as the subject and open date. The convenient filtering feature allows specifying filters to quickly locate Web sites by any part of the link or title. Click on the “plus” icon to access additional options:
Helps grouping Web sites by their type (e.g. News, Finances, Shopping, Gaming, Adult, Entertainment, Sports and other categories).
- Transition type
Contains information about referring resources. Allows identify Web page or resource (e.g. direct entry, Web search, frame, redirect etc.) that led the user to a particular Web page.
- Number of visits
Allows locating Web sites that are frequently visited by the user. You can specify exact or the minimum number of visits.
- Manually opened
Users may open Web sites by manually typing their link in a browser. Specify the number of times (exact, approximate or minimum) the user manually opened Web sites.
Specify the range of time the user spent on the Web site. Minimum duration is 1 minute.
- Last visit
Time and date of the last time the user visited a Web site. Allows discovering Web sites last visited during a certain interval.
- Removed from history
This filter helps discover resources that were or were not manually removed from the browsing history.
Sessions — aggregates browsing data to sessions. Contains information about the last session and the one before. This category helps analyse two last browsing sessions.
Frequently visited — this category helps identify Web sites frequently opened by the user. Frequently visited Web sites help analyse the user’s interests.
Bookmarks contain all existing and deleted (recovered) bookmarks.
Downloads contain files, images and documents downloaded by the user.
Some Web sites require the user to provide their name and address as well as any additional information. The Addresses tab helps analyse stored form data and personal information records.
Passwords contain authentication credentials, logins and passwords stored in the Web browser. These authentication credentials can be used to further analyse the user’s activities on other Web sites, social networks and online resources.
The Files tab presents the list of files that may be potentially useful for the investigation. The files can be previewed or recovered (saved) onto a different media. To recover a file, right-click on its record and click “Save”.
Images contain information about the pictures viewed or downloaded by the user. You will gain access to all images cached by the Web browser, including those that were deleted.
Starus Web Detective supports exporting information collected by the tool into Excel, HTML or PDF formats. The included Report Wizard allows specifying the range of dates and types of data to include in a report.
Start exporting by launching the Export Wizard. You can export information that belongs to a certain user or to all local users on the computer. To finish exporting, specify file path and desired data format.