FileGrab is a folder monitoring application that helps you keep an eye on newly created files, copying them to a specific location. Aside from detecting folder modifications, it can be particularly useful in malware analysis, since it can oversee the entire file system.
Monitor a directory for changes
The application does not require installation and comes with a user-friendly, rather simple interface that makes it very easy to get accustomed to. In order to monitor a folder for new files, you just have to specify its path and press the ‘Start’ button.
Additional configuration options enable you to optionally include sub-directories and filter the search for new files either by name or using regular expressions. The results can be copied to a user-defined location or uploaded directly to a FTP server, provided the correct host name, port number user name and password are provided.
Detect newly created files in the entire system
Installing new applications on your computer or downloading files from the Internet usually results in the creation of new files within the system folders, such as ‘AppData’ or ‘Temp’. Files infected with viruses and other kinds of threats can also be created in these locations and executed in the background.
In order to help you identify the presence of dangerous files, FileGrab can be instructed to supervise the whole system, including the system and the hidden folders. This function is what makes it a worth-having tool for malware analysis and investigations. However, please note that FileGrab is not capable of removing such files, but only show you that they were created.
A promising folder monitoring application
FileGrab is a practical application that can oversee the entire file system for changes, betraying newly created files by installed applications or malicious code. Nevertheless, it could use some improvements to add to its value, such as the possibility to monitor more than a single folder and log creation (since copying the detected files to another location can be quite dangerous).
FileGrab is a tool that monitors a Windows filesystem for newly created files and copies those files to another location.
It can be useful for honeypots, malware analysis, investigation scenarios and so on. It comes in handy for monitoring specific folders on your system.