How to Know If Someone Attached a Pen drive/USB Device To Your PC!

Did you know that you can use Windows Registry Editor to check if a USB device was connected or not to your computer!by ‘USB Device’ i mean any device that can be connected via USB port of your computer.In some cases it can be a very serious matter.for example your friend’s external hard drive is caught by the police and it contained child pornography.it is very crucial to prove that it is not yours.

 

one of the way for checking is to use ‘Registry Editor’ in Windows Operating System.Everytime when a device is connected to USB port of your computer.windows stores its serial number and device information in its registry.and you can find them later 🙂

Here’s how to find the device information.

Step-1
Press window key + R (open Run..)

Step-2

Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes) and press enter.

Step-3

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet00x\Enum\USBSTOR
Note:controlSet00x ,where x can be any number depending you

Step-4

Here’s the list of all the USB devices such as Pendrives,External Hard drives etc ,connected to your computer.

Note:controlSet00x,where x means a number.

 

how to know if someone attached a pendrive to your pc
how to know if someone attached a pendrive to your pc

 

 

Click any Device ,they all have a unique device id assigned by manufacturer.and thus you can identify if a particular USB Device was attached to your pc or not!

Here’s what information your computer collected about a USB Device!

USB Device Info in Windows Registry

So,Next time if you get your pendrive stolen! checking your friends’ registry might be a good idea :p

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About Ashutosh Barot

Ashutosh Barot is a Security Researcher, Tech Enthusiast, Pursuing M.Tech in Cyber Security and Incident Response at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat. He has been acknowledged by various organizations such as Twitter, Symantec Corporation, J.P.Morgan, Trend Micro, Verizon Enterprise, Go Airlines, Codecademy etc. for finding out security flaws in their websites.

Ashutosh Barot

Ashutosh Barot is a Security Researcher, Tech Enthusiast, Pursuing M.Tech in Cyber Security and Incident Response at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat. He has been acknowledged by various organizations such as Twitter, Symantec Corporation, J.P.Morgan, Trend Micro, Verizon Enterprise, Go Airlines, Codecademy etc. for finding out security flaws in their websites.