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EnCE EnCase Computer Forensics: The Official EnCase Certified Examiner Study Guide, 3rd Edition by Steve Bunting

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Link Files

Link files are also known as shortcuts and have the file extension .lnk. Link files refer to, or link to, target files. These target files can be applications, directories, documents, or data files. They can also be non-file-system objects such as printers or various management consoles. Clicking a shortcut causes the target file to run. If it is an application, the application is launched. If it is a document, the registered application runs and opens the document.

Link files are ubiquitous through Windows. Later in this chapter, I’ll cover the Recent, Start, Desktop, and Send To folders, which consist, for the most part, of link or shortcut files. As you will come to appreciate, they are one of the fundamental pieces of the GUI point-and-click ...

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