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    They Thought They Permanently Deleted Files From Their Computer

They Thought They Permanently Deleted Files From Their Computer

Before writing this blog, I did some research on what computer users perceive when they delete a file from their computer.

Instructions on how to delete.

When you delete a file, it's usually moved to the Recycle Bin so that you can restore the file later if necessary. For information about recovering a file, see Recover files from the Recycle Bin.

To permanently remove files from your computer and reclaim any hard disk space they were using, you need to delete the files from the Recycle Bin. You can delete individual files from the Recycle Bin or empty the entire Recycle Bin at once.

Open the Recycle Bin by double-clicking the Recycle Binon the desktop.
Do one of the following:

To permanently delete one file, click it, press Delete, and then click Yes.
To [...]

Discovery, Depositions and Findings

We had a Client, James who started and built a booming business with his longtime friend, Bill.  Bill was outgoing, charismatic while James was more laid back and book smart, while both had the desire and knowledge to start a company.  For years, growing up, through high school and college, they knew they wanted to work for themselves, didn’t want to report to a boss, wanted to have choices and full control over their own destiny and livelihood.

After graduating with degrees in two different fields, they merged their knowledge and started a much needed consulting business in their hometown, just 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis.  Twenty years later, they had talked about selling the business someday to spend more time with their families and [...]

Investments aren’t always Investments

We have all thought “What would have happened….if”, and never gave it a second thought. But in our business, we never wonder “what would have happened” we think “what did happen”.

We had a Client whose best friend recommended an unusual investment opportunity to her. She had dabbled in gold dust outside of the US, specifically in Africa with a small Investment Company out of California and had some pretty good returns. She had been bragging about getting a 35% return on her initial investment of $20,000 and then a 20% return on her second investment as well. When she received her second check, she was asked if she knew anybody who would be interested in turning their dollars into gold, and of course she [...]

Is Communication Really Safe

In today’s world, there are so many avenues of communication.  We think face to face is the safest, as there are no footprints of the words we speak.  We fax because there isn’t a written line of communication, we talk on our cell phones without ever thinking someone else is listening.  We email without fear because it’s all done electronically.  We text our family, our work, our friends, even businesses private information we think is safe and only that person is receiving it.  Once we hang up, hit send or end button we walk away thinking our communication is safe and secure.

That safe and secure world is behind us, we are in the 21st century and technology improves every day.  The same technology that [...]

When I Say I Do!

Marriage:

1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.

Above is the definition of marriage, and into today’s society marriage can be between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman and a man and a man.  The definition doesn’t define each person who enters into a contractual relationship; it just explains the participants and nothing else.  Marriage is more than a contract, it is a relationship between two people who come together believing they know each other, that the words [...]

Insurance Beneficiaries and Forensics Data Recovery

Insurance Companies and Law Firms deal with very controversial subject matters.  And usually when we are asked to conduct an Investigation for an Insurance Company, we can be assured there is an attorney on the other side.

We were contacted by a Major Insurance Company regarding an apparent suicide, the coroner and the police department both stated the insured committed suicide, but yet the family couldn’t believe he would take his own life.  There was just too much, they felt, he had to live for.  There was no suicide note, no indication that he was depressed and he was supposed to announce his engagement in less than a week.  He and his girlfriend had recently returned from a Caribbean vacation and become engaged during the [...]

I Now Pronounce You Husband and Ex-Wife

Statistics claim that more people are not getting married for fear of divorce and further state that 50% of marriages end in divorce. That means that one out of every two people will find themselves in divorce court or one of two people will know someone that has gone through a divorce or going through a divorce.

Legal ways to track a cheater

After the “I Do’s”, come the “I Can’t Believe He Would Do That To Me”. We hear that a lot here at International Investigators. The ”I can’t believe” is always followed by financial woes. Having been left is hard; having been left with no financial security is difficult. Many times we hear how the wife has to succumb to these facts. Our Client was unaware of their finances [...]

Not Only Do I Hear What You Are Saying, So Is Someone Else

We had a gentleman who was on the verge of selling his multi-million dollar company.  He had a qualified buyer who he had been working with for several months and he was excited about the prospect of walking away from the hustle and bustle of owning a company to the sandy shores of some tropical island.  In order to accomplish this, he would have to open his company finances to the buyer’s agent to verify his company was in fact viable.  The buyer now showed some hesitation and didn’t appear to be as excited as in previous meetings.  He had this feeling that something wasn’t right and he came to International Investigators to hash over his suspicions to determine if that nagging warning was [...]

Computer Forensics - A Powerful Tool in Investigations

Long before there were computers, internet connection and mobile phones, words were written by hand, pen/pencil and paper. If you made a mistake you would wad up the paper, throw it in the trash and start all over again, or use your trusty eraser and change the wording. Or you could use your “typewriter” and type a letter, same applied, if you made a mistake you would rip the paper out, roll in a new sheet and start all over. And if you had to research anything, you headed off to the library and conducted manual searches. If you didn’t check out a book, no one knew that you even opened up a book or copied the information.

What you did on pen and paper [...]

Computer forensics with International Investigators Inc.

Ever accidently delete a file on your computer only to try in vain to recover it.   Usually, a simple search in the recycle bin will allow you to recover the file.  However, if you permanently deleted the file (such as using the command Ctrl+Shift+Delete) then you won’t have much luck using the recycle bin.  There are available software that the home user can install that will provide a chance to recover the file but what if you don’t feel comfortable using such software or worse, the software did not yield the results you were hoping for?  This is where the professionals come in.

International Investigators has been in the game for years and employs its own forensics lab for both cellular and computer forensics investigations.  [...]