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Hi Chris - the website is Menchats - I registered with them and go in under a codename - then you go into a general chat room and can double click to talk 1 to 1 - I did run a program to install but can't remember details - think it works thru Java script. Can any of my chats be recovered by such tools as Triage Investigator? Are there any records on my files or hard drive? Thanks
Thanks Chris - it is just that the Triage Investigator is reported to be able to recover 'chatroom records and details' - so does this NOT include private 1 to 1 chats, I realise a visit to the site will have been logged. Thanks again, brilliant service.
You're very welcome.The website itself may save logs of chats but as far as your computer itself is concerned doing the above should be fine.The Triage software is an enterprise level forensic software most usually used by law enforcement to the best of my knowledge. I have never personally used it as it costs thousands of dollars nor have I ever had the need.If you are in any kind of position where you think someone would be using software like that against you then getting rid of the drive itself would be your best move if you wanted to play it safe.The tools I gave you are good but if you are talking about computer forensic software that federal agencies have access to then what I suggested may or may not be enough.This is all situational I suppose. I don't know the circumstances of the chat or what you want to make sure no one finds. If it is just that you want to hide the fact that you had the chat then what I gave you above should do you good assuming the computer is not being shipped off to some government run forensic lab and in that case physically destroying the drive would be the best move I would say.Thanks,Chris
Thanks Chris - yes unfortunately my computer was taken away without any of the above being done - so from what you say it may then be possible for triage to extract my private conversations - or will it? I had left my password ***** unfortunately but thought all the chat was scrambled and not recorded - what do you think the chances (% - best guess!) are? Thanks again
Well I hope it's nothing you will get in trouble for!If you did none of the stuff that I mentioned then a good deal could be recovered. Like I said though the actual chat wouldn't be saved on the computer however the proof that the chat took place could be.If this is of a criminal nature then they would also try and get logs from the folks who run that website. Whether they log every chat of not I have no idea, I doubt they would but there would be some record again likely of the chat taking place.The chat itself being recovered from your computer even with triage seems unlikely to me. But having never used it myself for this specific reason I cannot say for sure. It would be more likely to recover that from the server that the chat took place on, not the computer.For example, you and I are having a chat right now, yeah? But the text I am typing to you is not being saved on my computer. Once I send it through it is saved on this website and you can view it, it is gone from my computer the same principal applies. No one could recover what I am typing unless they had a secret keylogger installed on my machine.So that being said, I don't know how the menchat site has their chat servers configured or what they log. But I do not see a strong possibility of someone using tools to recover the actual chat from your computer.Again I never used that software triage to try and do this and I do not work in computer forensics on a law enforcement level so I do not know everything they may or may not be able to do but in my professional opinion it seems unlikely they could recover the whole chat from your computer, the menschat server would be a different story.I hope that makes sense and helps a bit. I am a certified professional with certifications in security however what law enforcement agency's have access to and it can do I cannot say for sure.But unless I am missing something I would say there is a low percentage of the full chat being recovered from your computer.I hope it all works out for the best, ***** ***** a stressful situation.If you have a moment please rate my service by clicking on one of the faces below, positive ratings are appreciated. You can always return to this page to talk with me any time.-Chris
Thanks agin Chris - last Q - I am in UK - so could UK police ask a US chatroom if they have logs? I hope Menchats - like some do - don't store chats - or at least only for a short time possibly, it seems so oddtha all chats can be recorded. Rating is excellent thanks!