Unraveling the Registry: The Secret Lair of Autorun Programs!

Unraveling the Registry: The Secret Lair of Autorun Programs!

We have heard about the registry, if not navigate to Start –> and type registry editor

From a Forensics investigation perspective registry can be a gold rush, you dig in at the right places and you dig deep enough.

Lets consider this simple RUN key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run : A gateway to personalized startup programs. Here, each entry represents a program configured to launch with the user’s login—a digital fingerprint of their computing habits and preferences.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run: A treasure trove of startup programs that transcend user boundaries, launching with every system boot.

As we scrutinize each entry within the Run keys ,paths, program names, and command-line parameters—each offering insight into the programs poised to spring into action upon boot. With careful analysis, we distinguish between the benign and the malicious, unraveling the threads of potential threats lurking within.

Armed with this newfound knowledge, we wield the Run keys as tools of investigation, tracing the origins of suspicious programs.

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