Software for investigators and legal professionals to recover, collect, search, and convert emails.
Aid4Mail has been optimized for speed and can work through terabytes of data without user-intervention. In tests with locally-stored files, Aid4Mail performed 6 to 10 times faster than any of its competitors!
With Aid4Mail Investigator and Aid4Mail Enterprise, you can run multiple processing tasks simultaneously, taking full advantage of your computer’s hardware and saving more time. For example, four tasks may all use the same input but different filters, and output to separate folders within the same PST file. All four tasks could be run concurrently, and unattended, while you’re working on something else. This example is shown in the screenshot below.
Alternatively, collect multiple source formats from a custodian simultaneously. For example, their Microsoft 365 account, Gmail account, local Thunderbird files and old EML files, merging them to the same batch of target PST files. Set the project up and let it run overnight so no time is wasted.
Collecting email from your custodians’ cloud-based accounts is made easy with Aid4Mail Remote Authenticator, a free stand-alone utility that they can download and run without installation. It enables the account owner to grant Aid4Mail secure, temporary access to their email service or IMAP account without providing full login credentials and without having a copy of Aid4Mail.
Collecting the right data, finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, is crucial. Fortunately, Aid4Mail’s search and filter features are second to none.
In addition to the basic folder filtering available in all editions, Aid4Mail Investigator and Aid4Mail Enterprise add date and keyword filtering, and the ability to create complex search queries.
Native, pre-acquisition search is also available for mail services that support it, like Outlook, Gmail, Microsoft 365 and IMAP. This can greatly reduce the amount of data Aid4Mail needs to process locally, speeding up the whole operation.
Support for Python scripts means you can completely customize Aid4Mail’s filters and add complementary features. For example, integrate OCR into your search or scan images for nudity.
Aid4Mail Investigator and Aid4Mail Enterprise have the ability to search hidden places–often the location of incriminating evidence. These include double-deleted (unpurged) emails, hidden Exchange folders, and unallocated space that’s been forensically extracted or is part of an uncompressed disk image. They can “carve” out MIME emails from almost any file, including corrupt and unsupported mailboxes.
While these features are not unique to Aid4Mail, its performance is outstanding. In tests, Aid4Mail finds emails in unallocated space that other products just can’t detect. It finds whole emails when others often only find fragments. Even if you already use big-name forensic software, Aid4Mail can be beneficial by finding evidence that these other tools miss.
Aid4Mail supports most popular email formats, mail apps and webmail services including PST as both input and output. When available, additional metadata can be added to email headers.
Output formats for manual review or producing evidence in court are also available. Many, like PDF, HTML, CSV and TSV, can be customized: Header fields can be included or excluded, Bates stamps inserted, and folder hierarchies and filenames tailored. HTML exports even provide an option to create an online viewer with email and folder selection, and a metadata search bar to filter the email list.
Aid4Mail Investigator and Aid4Mail Enterprise offer additional features not available in Aid4Mail Converter. These include access to delegate accounts, output modification using Python scripts and the ability to “carve” out MIME emails from almost any file.
1 Aid4Mail Enterprise only.
2 Aid4Mail Investigator and Aid4Mail Enterprise only. The file must not be in a compressed or encrypted container.
Maintaining the integrity of email, after conversion from one format to another, is crucial to avoid spoliation of evidence. Aid4Mail’s email conversion engine is the most accurate on the market. It is fully Unicode-compatible and preserves more data, visible and hidden, than any of its competitors.
Here’s an example of how much better Aid4Mail performs with visible data. Notice that it has no problem with the accented characters in the first line, the embedded image or the Chinese attachment name at the bottom.
The next example shows Aid4Mail’s superiority with hidden data. Notice how much more metadata in the email SMTP header is preserved by Aid4Mail:
From: =?UTF-8?Q?"Bill Caff=c3=a9" <firstname.lastname@example.org>?= To: =?UTF-8?Q?"St=c3=a9phane Fran=c3=a7ois" <email@example.com>?= cc: =?UTF-8?Q?"'Lisa Gruy=c3=a8re'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>?= cc: "John Fire" <email@example.com> cc: "Tim Sand" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Priority: Low X-Priority: 5 X-Mozilla-Status: 0001 Subject: Poem by Charles Baudelaire MIME-Version: 1.0 Message-ID: <email@example.com> Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:18:13 0100 Content-Type: multipart/alternative;boundary="Next_Item:_(A3CB49KFSA19)/1"
Conversion by a competitor (hidden data)
Return-path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Envelope-to: email@example.com Delivery-date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:18:13 -0500 Received: from 131-39.62-81.cust.bluewin.ch ([22.214.171.124]:17353 helo=PrecisionT3500) by centaur.dewahost.net with esmtpa (Exim 4.69) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>) id 1PqT25-00058l-7Z; Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:18:13 -0500 From: =?utf-8?Q?Bill_Caff=C3=A9?= <email@example.com> To: =?utf-8?Q?St=C3=A9phane_Fran=C3=A7ois?= <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: =?utf-8?Q?'Lisa_Gruy=C3=A8re'?= <email@example.com>, "John Fire" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Tim Sand" <email@example.com> Subject: Poem by Charles Baudelaire Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:18:08 +0100 Organization: Fookes Software Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable X-Priority: 5 (Lowest) X-MSMail-Priority: Low X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook 14.0 Importance: Low Thread-Index: AcvPhydgtD/Fiez1TJSn19MfhrGhJw== Content-Language: en-us Status: RO X-Folder: Inbox
Conversion by Aid4Mail (hidden data)
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