PMA 41: Windows 10 or 11 with Analysis Tools (20 pts)

What you need


To set up a Windows 10-based machine with a set of free forensic and malware analysis tools.

The steps below this box explain how to build your own machine, which will take some time.

The Fast Way

Windows 11

If you are using VMware, download this file:
     Size: 33 GB (33,045,669,798 bytes)
     SHA256: 30b05a9d5483a4953c933bf46900073c4eabe836b09b19ca920dace45638c9a4

It is a complete VMware virtual machine. Unzip it into a folder.

In VMware, click File, Open and navigate to the .VMX file in that folder.

Log in with these credentials:

  • Username: student
  • Password: P@ssw0rd
The hard disk is encrypted, and it has a virtual TPM 2.0, as explained here.

The decryption key is the same as the password, but it should not ask for it.

Windows 10

License Expired

On Sept 21, 2021, the license on this machine expired.

To activate it for another 90 days,
open an Administrator Command Prompt
and execute this command:

slmgr /rearm
Then restart your machine.

VMware Users

Download this file: Win10_w_Tools_061721a.7z
     Size: 17.46 GB (17,455,336,852 bytes)
     SHA256(Win10_w_Tools_061721a.7z)= bbc4df40f9d334180987c892122851f7d3b7d17471d2aa05d888bc34733ab006

If you are on Windows, you can unzip that file with 7-Zip. If you are on a Mac, use The Unarchiver.

Import the OVF it contains into VMware.
In VMware Workstation Player, use File, Open.

VirtualBox Users

Download this file: Win10_w_Tools061721.ova
     Size: 16 GB (17,668,780,032 bytes)
     SHA256(Win10_w_Tools061721.ova)= f0db89dfb633ac86f14e19991e365635959d4bdeb579269feb53086dbf58f7e8

Import it into VirtualBox.

Logging In

Log in with these credentials:
  • Username: IEUser
  • Password: Passw0rd!
The hard disk on this virtual machine has already been expanded to 100 GB,
and Windows Defender and SmartScreen have been disabled in Local Group Policy.

Flag PMA 41.1: C: Subfolder (20 pts)

Open File Explorer. In the left pane, expand the C: drive.

The flag is covered by a green box in the image below.

Making your Own Machine

Downloading a Windows 10 VM

In a browser, go to

In the "Virtual Machines" list, select "MSEdge on Win10...", as shown below.

In the Choose a VM platform" list, choose your virtualization software, as shown below.

Download the file. Unzip it and launch it in your virtualization software. For VMware, use File, Import, and customize the virtual machine so it has an 80 GB hard disk.

Log in with these credentials:

Allow Windows to install any updates it wants to.

You may need to install VMware Tools (or the comparable software) manually.

Downloading a Windows 10 or 11 ISO

You can get them here.

Installing Firefox

In your Windows virtual machine, open Edge. Go to

Download and install Firefox.

Disabling Windows Defender

It is now very difficult to disable Windows Defender.

As of July 25, 2021, the best way is to configure an Exclusion of C:\

Another method that works is to install AVG Free and exclude C: in that.

Disabling Windows SmartScreen

In Local Group Policy Editor, in "Computer Configuration", in "Administrative Templates", in "Windows Components", click "File Explorer", as shown below.

In the right pane, double-click "Configure Windows Defender Smartscreen", as shown below.

In the "Configure Windows Defender Smartscreen" box, click Disabled, as shown below. Then click OK.

Restart your Windows machine.

Disabling Updates

Using Group Policy

Increasing the Hard Disk Size

If you didn't already increase the hard disk size, you can do it at any time.

Instructions for VMware are here:

Downloading the Installers

To make your own machine, on a Windows machine, download this archive:
     Size: 1.68 GB (1,676,639,482 bytes)
     SHA256: a648709f5a3597bbcdd03fc2b3c1d157b78eb6ba81cc28c0a57706d948248889
It contains all the installers detailed below.

Follow the instructions there to install the programs.

Tools with Installers

Run the installer with the default options.


API Monitor v2r13, 64-bit

Bochs x86 PC emulator

Easy RM to MP3 Converter - Local Buffer Overflow
Run the EXE installer

Explorer Suite (Includes CFF Explorer)
Run the EXE installer



IDA v7.6 (freeware version)

Immunity Debugger (Also installs Python 2.7) -- Copy to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Immunity Inc\Immunity Debugger\PyCommands"

Java JRE 64-bit



Visual Studio 2019
Double-click vs_community__1715534944.1623934081.exe.
Check "Desktop development with C++" and install the default selection of tools

WinDbg Preview
Get from Microsoft Store

Tools Without Installers

Create a C:\Tools folder. Double-click Drag bintext.exe to C:\Tools. Right-click C:\Tools\bintext.exe, "Pin to Start"

capa v1.6.3
Double-click, drag to C:\Tools

Dependency Walker 2.2
Double-click. Drag all the files to C:\Tools. Right-click the EXE in C:\Tools, "Pin to Start"

Dll Export Viewer

Double-click. Drag all the files to C:\Tools. Right-click the EXE in C:\Tools, "Pin to Start"

JDK 16.0.1 General-Availability Release
Double-click Drag the jdk-16.0.1 folder to C:\Program Files\Java

Ghidra v9.2.4
Double-click Drag the ghidra_9.2.4_PUBLIC folder to "C:\Program Files"
Right-click C:\Program Files\ghidra_9.2.4_PUBLIC\ghidraRun.bat, "Send to", "Desktop (create shortcut)"

Double-click. Drag all the contents to C:\Tools, right-click C:\Tools\ILSpy.exe, "Pin to Start"

Drag jasmin-1.5.8-PC.jar to C:\Tools, right-click, "Send to", "Desktop (create shortcut)"

Launch the installer from an Administrator PowerShell window.
Halfway through, the installer pauses for a minute or two, just wait for it.

OllyDbg 1.10
Double-click. Drag all the contents to C:\Tools (skip the readme). Right-click C:\Tools\OLLYDBG.EXE, "Pin to Start"
OllyDbg Plugins: OllyDump
Double-click Drag OllyDump.dll to C:\Tools

Drag all the contents to C:\Tools (skip the readme).
Right-click C:\Tools\PEiD.exe, "Pin to Start"

Double-click Drag the pestudio folder to C:\Program Files(x86)
Right-click C:\Program Files(x86)\pestudio\pestudio.exe, "Pin to Start"

Double-click Drag PEview.exe to C:\Tools, right-click C:\Tools\PEview.exe, "Pin to Start"

Unzip with 7-Zip and the password malware.
Run the EXE. Redirect the output to the Desktop.

Double-click and drag setdllcharacteristics.exe to C:\Tools

Sysinternals Suite
Double-click. Drag all the contents to C:\Tools (skip the readme).
Right-click C:\Tools\Procmon64.exe, "Pin to Start"
Right-click C:\Tools\procexp64.exe, "Pin to Start"

Double-click Double-click the upx-3.96-win64 folder. Drag upx.exe to C:\Tools

Double-click, and copy vulnserver.exe and essfunc.dll to C:\Tools

Extract into a folder.
Rename that folder to x64dbg.
Drag it to C:\Program Files
Right-click C:\Program Files\x64dbg\release\x64\x64dbg.exe and click "Pin to Start".

Double-click Drag copy yara64.exe and yarac64.exe to C:\Tools

In Control Panel, System, "Advanced System Settings", click "Environment Variables".
In "System variables", double-click Path. Add C:\Tools to the Path.


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Posted 6-17-2021
Win 11 added 6-19-2021
VirtualBox instructions added 6-22-2021
Win 11 removed 6-30-21
Workstation Player instruction added 7-2-21
Win 11 added again 7-4-21
Win 11 removed again, Defender exclusion tip added 7-25-21
Rearming instructions added 9-21-2021
Win 11 added again 10-17-2021
inTools updated 10-18-21