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A Quick Glance At The UserAssist Key in Windows

Posted by William Diaz on February 6, 2012

I recently found myself needing to examine a workstation in an attempt to determine what had taken place on it before it started to act up. I was curious what programs were run or what objects were accessed. All kinds of data is spread across the registry, but a good place to look when you want to forensically gather what was happening within the context of a user session is to look in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist. Within UserAssist, you will find a few {GUID} keys that each have a corresponding Count key:
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