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HstEx® Version 5.3

Introduction to HstEx® v5.3

HstEx® version 5.3 adds support for 223 new artefacts. We have improved the recovery of entries from Chromium based Keyword Search Terms and Quota Manager.

Change Log

The full list of changes can be found here: HstEx® v5.3 Change Log.

HstEx® Version 5.2

New Browser Support

HstEx® version 5.2 adds further support for mobile and desktop browsers. We have added new support for:

New Features

  • Mozilla Firefox Logins on Android and iOS

Change Log

The full list of changes can be found here: HstEx® v5.2 Change Log.

HstEx® Version 5.1

Introduction to HstEx® v5.1

HstEx® version 5.1 continues our quest to add further support for mobile browsers. This release adds four new browsers, namely 7 Star Browser, Naver Whale, Opera Mini and Opera Touch. We have also added additional support for existing browsers and added 53 new recovery profiles. For a full list of the changes for this release, see: HstEx® v5.1 Change Log.

New Recovery Profiles

This release has added support for a number of new artefacts. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Safari on iOS State Tab Entries
  • Safari Cloud Tabs Entries
  • Safari Cloud Tab Device
  • Firefox on iOS History
  • Firefox on iOS Bookmarks
  • Firefox on Android History
  • Firefox on Android Bookmarks
  • UC Browser on Android - Encrypted Login Entries

Recovering Zone.Identifier Alternate Data Streams

With this release of HstEx®, we have added the ability to search and recover MFT entries containing resident Zone.Identifier Alternate Data Streams. The Zone.Identifier stream, associated with a download, contains a rich store of properties that may be relevant to an investigation. NetAnalysis® provides an easy way to examine, and perform analysis on these streams. HstEx® allows an easy way to process an entire forensic image (or other source) recovering Zone.Identifier streams contained within live and deleted MFT entries. HstEx® can also recover this data even if the file has been deleted, the volume has been formatted, or the partition deleted.

HstEx Recovering Zone Identifier Data

Change Log

The full list of changes can be found here: HstEx® v5.1 Change Log.

HstEx® Version 5


Version 5 is a major release of HstEx® and adds new support for mobile and portable browsers. We have added 124 new recovery profiles in this release and added support for browsers such as Mozilla Firefox on Android, SalamWeb and Samsung Internet browser on Android. The user interface has been completely re-written and adds major improvements and new features in a number of key areas. We have improved the layout of the user interface, with the goal of improving productivity, and added support for light and dark themes.

In combination with NetAnalysis®, both applications represent the most powerful, comprehensive browser forensic analysis suite available. However, don't just take our word for it, take it for a spin and see the powerful features in action.

Adding/Editing Recovery Job

In this release, we have added 124 new data recovery modules. We have also added new toolbar buttons allowing the user to select recovery modules which are supported on the source operating system, or the type of device. This means you will only select the profiles you need for a quick, efficient and comprehensive recovery. You can select from Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android along with Desktop, Mobile, Portable or Gaming devices as well as the most Common options. The Recovery Module grid now allows multiple levels of filtering, searching and sorting.

New Source: Multi-Volume ZIP Archives

We have added support for processing data contained within multi-volume ZIP archives. Anyone familiar with mobile phone analysis will immediately see the benefit of being able to select this file format. Multi-volume ZIP archives are often the output format used by Mobile Phone Forensic Extraction Tools.

Change Log

To review the full list of changes for this release, please see: Change Log v5.0.